For over a decade, conservationists have feared that the last South American painted frog had croaked, quite literally. But despite being thought extinct, some scientists recently sighted the amphibian in the Boyaca region of Columbia, a discovery which has wildlife officials hopping with joy. The painted frog you see, like many of its fellow amphibians in South America, has fallen victim to a deadly natural, fungus called chytridiomycosis. Indeed, this fungus has already wreaked havoc by reducing many frog species in Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru by nearly half. With this rediscovery, however, no one can fault frog enthusiasts for leaping to the hopeful conclusion that this species may be developing resistance to the fungus.

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