Naming rights for newly discovered 'walking frog' to be auctioned for conservation
May 20, 2008
The naming rights for the frog, which belongs to the Osornophryne genus, will be sold at charitybuzz.com. The winning bidder's selected name will be published in a scientific journal. Bidding ends May 31. 2008.
Auctioning off naming rights for species is increasingly used by conservation groups to raise money for protecting biodiversity.
Walking frog. Courtesy of the Amphibian Ark
More than one-third the world's amphibians are at risk due to habitat loss, the introduction of alien species, overexploitation as food and pets, pollution, climate change, and the outbreak of a deadly fungal disease.
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