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Poachers in Ecuador have long known the hefty prices their country's rare frogs can fetch. But now environmentally conscious firms are starting to sell the amphibians too – to try to save them from the black market and threatened extinction. In San Rafael, just outside the capital Quito, the scientific company Wikiri is raising 12 species of frog. It holds more than 600 species of frogs, of which nearly half can be found only in the country.Forty-three of the toads were taken to the Jambatu Center which, after several tries, managed to procure 500 tadpoles from one couple.According to Ecuador's Environment Ministry, 18 frog species have already apparently disappeared, robbing the country of some of its rich biodiversity.
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