My focus during my zoology studies was on big cat conservation and they are considered charismatic megafauna. The term charismatic megafauna refers to large well-known animal species that attract a disproportionate share of the public’s attention. The tiger is the world’s most popular animal according to a survey conducted by animal planet. The big cat even beat out the dog for the number one position. These species have the “it” factor that grabs the public’s attention and desire to save them. The koala certainly is charming, but a small toad…perhaps not.
Toads and Frogs Need Protected Too!
What about all the living beings that aren’t cute and cuddly or fierce and admired. Driving one day, I thought about toads. Then I wondered why frogs seem to be the preferred amphibian. I imagined a young toad named Andrew. I wish I could tell you why his name is Andrew but I honestly don’t know. But I began to tell Gracey, she was a great listener, the story of a Andrew the young toad that wondered if his life might have been better had be been hatched a frog. And that is how An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night
came to be.