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A writer and a researcher organize extinct frog specimens at the breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A scientist shows the deep freeze in his lab, which contains the DNA of all the frogs in their collection, a kind of frozen ark.

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A scientist shows the deep freeze in his lab, which contains the DNA of all the frogs in their collection, a kind of frozen ark.

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Extinct species of amphibians on display at Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Extinct species of amphibians on display at Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Extinct species of amphibians on display at Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A scientist holds a captive frog at the breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A scientist holds a captive frog at the breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Scientists examine frogs at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Extinct species of amphibians on display at Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Extinct species of amphibians on display at Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Extinct species of amphibians on display at Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A scientist examines and feeds captive frogs at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Amphibian specimens at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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An endangered marsupial frog (Gastrotheca litonedis) in the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Jars of extinct amphibian species from the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Jars of extinct amphibian species from the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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An extinct frog species specimen at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Jars of extinct amphibian species from the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Jars of extinct amphibian species from the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Jars of extinct amphibian species from the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Extinct species of amphibians on display at Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Extinct species of amphibians on display at Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Extinct species of amphibians on display at Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Scientists examine and feed frogs at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A captive, endangered marsupial frog (Gastrotheca litonedis) at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A scientist holds an endangered San Lucas marsupial frog (Gastrotheca pseustes) at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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