What is Bd-Free ‘Phibs?
Bd-Free ‘Phibs is an education-outreach program designed to educate those that maintain captive amphibians about the problems posed by Bd—a fungal pathogen known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis or Bd for short—and husbandry practices that can be employed to reduce the spread and impact of Bd.
Why is Bd-Free ‘Phibs important?
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is a serious concern impacting animal welfare, pet owners, and our environment. The Bd-Free ‘Phibs campaign aims to minimize its effects by educating the public and pet professionals about the disease.
- The disease caused by Bd, known as chytridiomycosis, is the worst infectious disease ever recorded among wildlife in terms of the number of species impacted and the severity of the impact.
- Amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecelians) are the most threatened group of animals worldwide thanks, in part, to amphibian declines attributed to Bd.
- Amphibians are becoming increasingly popular as pets.
- The trade in amphibians for pets and other purposes has inadvertently resulted in the movement of Bd. The pet industry wants to minimize the risk that Bd is spread through its activities.
- Unwanted pet amphibians released into the natural environment could spread Bd or other diseases to wild amphibians as invasive species.
How you can help
- Learn more by reading the information listed below.
- Spread the word, not the fungus. SHARE this information with your friends and colleagues.
- Never release unwanted captive amphibians into the wild and actively discourage others from doing so.
- Ensure your ‘Phibs are Bd –free if you purchase, maintain, or sell amphibians. See the testing and treatment information below.
- Make a financial donation to the campaign, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Stay tuned. More resources will be added to this page as soon as finances allow.