“I am happy today,” Felix jumped a few times and flew up in the air, and he said, “Switzerland is a beautiful country we all know. But recently it did something really cool for frogs there.”
“Frogs? What did it do,” asked Orak.
“Switzerland is a country in Europe. Aargau is one of the places there. Research published recently shows that Aargau has managed to increase the population of frogs, toads, and newts. They are now back in the ponds,” Felix informed.
“And on the lands too!” Verum added with joy, “Frogs, toads, and newts are amphibians. Amphibians are a type of species who live on land and water. But what had happened to their population,” asked Verum.
“More than half of the species of frogs, toads, and newts in Aargau were endangered (at the risk of becoming extinct). The amphibian populations have reduced all over the world. The reasons for the decline in numbers include habitat loss, urbanization, the building of the new roads, disease, etc.,” informed Felix.
“But how did they revive their populations?” said Scorch.
“It all started in 1999 when Aargau decided that it will take steps to save its frogs. The government, non-profit organizations (NGOs), and common people got together. In the last 20 years, they build 422 ponds in five regions in Aargau. The right steps to conserve frogs, toads, and newts have led to great results.
Researchers found that just by providing the natural habitat and making space for these creatures got them back!” exclaimed Felix.
The Gifted Four were very happy to know about this environmental news.
Felix went on to add, “Now, the population of a species called the European tree frog alone has increased by four times. This makes me feel proud of humans!”