The Sixth Extinction

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Explain how the "Frog Hotel" and EVACC in The Sixth Extinction are similar.

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At the most basic level, EVACC and the "Frog Hotel" are similar in that both were designed to help save golden frogs from extinction.

In her book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert spends her first chapter writing about Panamanian golden frogs, which are nearly extinct,...

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At the most basic level, EVACC and the "Frog Hotel" are similar in that both were designed to help save golden frogs from extinction.

In her book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert spends her first chapter writing about Panamanian golden frogs, which are nearly extinct, and two attempts to save them: the aforementioned "Frog Hotel" and EVACC. Let's look at each of these to see how they are similar and different.

The "Frog Hotel" started out as a bed and breakfast. When the golden frogs began dying off, a few people hurried to step up and save them. These biologists wanted to build a lab in which to protect the frogs, but they didn't have time. The frogs were dying too quickly. They needed a safe place immediately. That's where the "Frog Hotel" comes in. The owners of the bed and breakfast allowed the biologists to rent some rooms and keep the frogs there in tanks to try to save their lives. Kolbert talks about how she read an article about this "hotel" that focuses on how the frogs "enjoyed first-class accommodations" and the freshest of meals (the "food could hop right off the plate"). But the whole point was, of course, to save the frogs from a rapidly approaching extinction.

This is the point of EVACC, as well, the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center. EVACC is also devoted to saving the golden frogs, but it does so in a much more scientific and controlled fashion than the "Frog Hotel." At EVACC, the frogs are also kept in tanks, but these tanks are specialized to mimic the frogs' natural environment as much as possible.

Biologists are also careful to make sure that nothing comes into EVACC that could contaminate the frogs or their environment. Everything and everybody is disinfected upon entrance so that nothing that could possibly be contributing the frogs' demise can enter. EVACC also tries to save other frog species with an overall goal of raising the amphibians' population numbers and eventually releasing healthy frogs back into the wild.

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