Tony,Why are you avoiding the simple, direct questions? Again I ask the following:
Do you support the right of private citizens to maintain amphibian collections? Yes or no?
Is it better to have only pictures of Agalychnis annae instead of the population thriving under the care of myself and other dedicated hobbyists? Yes or no?
Should Atelopus zeteki have been left to perish in the wild instead of being moved to captive breeding facilities? Yes or no?
Is it really better that Bufo periglenes went extinct instead of being established in the hands of zoos and hobbyists? Yes or no?
If you answer yes to any of the last three, how do you justify calling yourself a conservationist?
Within the past decade the U.S. alone has imported 221,960 Agalychnis frogs according to the Species Survival Network (SSN). I was wondering if you knew that. It does not seem to have helped the species.
As for golden toads and golden frogs, of course it would be great to have captive populations of them, but the important question is why are they extinct/nearly extinct? My answer is the spread of chytrid fungus. Is it better to tackle the symptom or obviate the cause? The latter I say.
As for "Do you support the right of private citizens to maintain amphibian collections? Yes or no?":
As you noticed on my Travel page that was linked to by somebody in this thread, I have traveled all around the world. Those travels shaped who I am, and constituted some of the best times of my life. I would therefore be a hypocrite if I did not support freedom for all sentient beings.
"All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be." --Pink Floyd
Now I return to saving the frogs, and I hope you will too. Remember: the future of amphibious life on this planet lies in your hands and in your actions.