SAVE THE FROGS! in Belize
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
Belize is a wonderful little country located east of Guatemala and nestled beneath the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. In January 2012, SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey traveled to Belize for 12 days to spread the message of amphibian conservation and to promote appreciation of wildlife and nature through education. Michael, who has given 33 SAVE THE FROGS! presentations in the past year, met with Belizean biologists, gave presentations about amphibian ecology and conservation, distributed educational materials and surveyed and photographed frog populations.
SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey with the staff of the Belize Zoo
"A big thank you to Michael Starkey of the Save The Frogs initiative, for a fantastic presentation to the Belize Zoo staff! With 200 amphibians gone extinct since 1979, and over 2000 more threatened to disappear this century, there is a great need to help save those long legged leapers. From being excellent pest control, to vital food sources for many carnivores (including humans!), frogs are definitely worth saving." -- The Belize Zoo
Leptodactylus fragilis -- Foam Frog. This is a common and beautiful species!
Help SAVE THE FROGS! return to Belize in July 2012
Please help us raise the $2,300 needed to send Michael back to Belize in July 2012 so he can continue spreading SAVE THE FROGS' amphibian conservation message throughout Central America. Your tax-deductible donation will help us SAVE BELIZE'S FROGS!
Michael will be giving more presentations and working to grow Belize's network of students, academics and biologists interested in amphibian conservation efforts. He is especially excited to go to villages in areas of high amphibian biodiversity to encourage children and adults to understand the importance of amphibians within their local ecosystems. Michael will return to the Belize Zoo and the Belize Herpetarium to create amphibian conservation exhibits and speak to the graduate biology students at the University of Belize. He will also survey for threatened amphibians in the Bladen Nature Reserve's Chiquibul Forest and other areas of high amphibian biodiversity; and sample frogs for the chytrid fungus, which has caused major amphibian declines throughout Central America. There is so much to do!
Photos of Frogs & Toads from Belize
Bufo valliceps, a very common toad in Belize.
Leptodactylus fragilis -- Foam Frog. Amazing coloration!
Rana berlandieri -- Rio Grande Leopard Frog
Smilisca baudinii - Mexican Tree Frog. This common species has a wonderful splash of neon green coloration beneath their eyes.
Mexican Treefrog -- Smilisca baudinii
Together we can SAVE BELIZE'S FROGS!
Thanks for all your support!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
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