They are disappearing faster than other endangered animals because of their vulnerability to several compounding factors.
In some cases, species are disappearing faster than they can be discovered, particularly in Central and South America. Threats to amphibians include:
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and other institutions and agencies, like the National Park Service, are doing conservation work to protect amphibians and help rebuild their populations.
Breeding programs have helped to restore a species of giant salamander called hellbenders and bolster the critically endangered yellow-legged frog native to Southern California mountains. These programs breed the animals in zoos and aquariums then release them back into their native habitats in the wild.