Reptiles and amphibians have an incredible value. They are an integral part of our ecosystems, playing their part in keeping these systems functioning. Their physiology holds many clues to important medical advances. Their mystique has played important roles in our arts and culture. They’re key players in the world we live in.
So why is the conservation of these species so overlooked? In a world of diminishing habitats, they suffer from the same effects of environmental degradation as other animals, but with the added burden of being targets. Targets of persecution. Of antipathy.
They don’t get the same attention as cuter animals we’re asked to save. Yet healthy ecosystems depend on these animals. Reptiles and amphibians are often the bellwethers of habitat health. To see these species in the wild is to see a healthy, functioning landscape.