The loneliest frog on Earth is dead, taking with him the hope of an entire species.
Toughie was a famed Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog and the last known member of his species. He had mottled brown skin and a strange bird-like call. He was described as “handsome,” had his own Wikipedia page and won the hearts of race car drivers and movie directors.
The United Nations projected Toughie’s image onto its headquarters in New York City in 2014, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the world’s sixth mass extinction ? a period scientists warn we’re about to enter.
(Photo: Brian Gratwicke/CC BY 2.0) The Rabbs' fringe-limbed treefrog wasn't discovered until 2005, and only named three years later, but now the last known Rabbs' fringe-limbed treefrog is dead. Toughie the treefrog lived in the Atl...
The last known member of his species has died at Atlanta Botanical Garden -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Every morning when Mark Mandica opens the door, he feels a pit in his stomach. He knows that today could be the day that he discovers the last Rabbs' Fringe-limbed tree frog has passed away. When that day comes, his species will be ...
Toughie the frog was likely the last of the Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog species.