Discovered in 2005 in the cloud forest of Panama, the Rabbs’ tree frogs could be the latest to join the now extinct species after the last documented member of this species died.
Named Toughie the last known Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog was aged 12 years and was living at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. According to details revealed by Atlanta Botanical Garden on their official Facebook page, Toughie died on September 28. Experts at the botanical garden have blamed human negligence for the extinction of this species.
In the statement, Atlanta Botanical garden said: “It’s a sad day here at the Garden as we mourn the loss of our beloved Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog.”
The Rabbs’ tree frogs can be considered very new to science as they were first discovered just 11 years back while scientists were on an expedition to save animals from deadly chytrid fungal infection that had hit the region. Scientists were attempting to rescue any specimen of amphibians they could before they succumb to the deadly infection.
Toughie was lucky enough to make it out of Panama and to Atlanta Botanical Garden; however, the chytrid fungus killed up to 85 per cent of all amphibians left behind in his natural habitat. He had lived in isolation at the Garden since 2008, according to the National Geographic. The actual cause of Toughie’s death is still unclear.