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Atelopes ignescens, one of many extinct Atelopus species in the collection at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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A biologist at the amphibian lab of Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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A team inside the amphibian lab of Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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The coordinator of Balsa de los Sapos (Amphibian Ark) Initiative displays Atelopus ignescens, one of many extinct Atelopus species in the collection at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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An endangered Azuay marsupial frog (Gastrotheca litonedis) is propagated in captivity by Balsa de los Sapos, the “amphibian ark” at Pontificia Universidad Cat—lica del Ecuador in Quito.

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A biologist at the amphibian lab of Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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Rana marsupial frog (Gastrotheca testudinea) at a captive breeding at Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Quito, Ecuador.

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A marsupial frog (Gastrotheca pseustes) at a captive breeding at Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Quito, Ecuador. (IUCN: EN)

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A care taker holds up a specimen of Gastrotheca pseutes at a captive breeding at Pontificia Universidad Catòlica in Quito, Ecuador. (IUCN: EN)

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Atelopus nanay at a captive breeding at Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Quito, Ecuador. This animal is critically endangered and very well could be extinct in the wild. Only seven animals are in captivity. (IUCN: CR)

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Portraits of Hyloscirtus pantostictus at a captive breeding at Pontificia Universidad Catòlica in Quito, Ecuador. This is an endangered frog. This is the only one in captivity and it could be extinct in the wild. (IUCN: EN)

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Oophaga sylvatica, the “little devil poison frog” at a captive breeding facility at Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Quito, Ecuador. The species is being heavily affected by habitat loss.

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Ceratophrys stolzmanni, the Pacific horned frog, an endemic burrowing species at the captive breeding facility in Quito, Ecuador. (IUCN: Vulnerable)

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Extinct species of amphibians at Pontificia Universidad Catòlica in Quito, Ecuador. Many have gone extinct in the last decade or less.

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