Help us create the Atewa Hills National Park: the future of the Togo Slippery Frog is at stake!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
The Atewa Range Forest Reserve is Ghana's most biodiverse -- and most threatened -- wilderness area. The reserve is home to the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi), which exists on only two streams on Earth, both located in the Atewa Forest. Numerous other amphibian species live on the reserve, as well as over 700 butterfly species. Unfortunately, the forest and its wildlife are under constant threat of mountaintop removal mining from several multi-national mining companies. Mountaintop removal mining destroys habitat and clogs the streams and rivers below with silt and the byproduct chemicals emerging from the mine. To make matters worse, locals hunt the Togo Slippery Frogs for food. There is also both legal and illegal logging in the forest, and the loggers seldom employ environmentally-responsible forestry practices.
There is wide consensus among scientists and nonprofits that the reserve should be protected as the "Atewa Hills National Park", which would be Ghana's 6th national park. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is working with domestic and international organizations to make the Atewa Hills National Park a reality. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana plans to educate the politicians and local people about the ecological value of the Atewa Hills. We will also be training the locals in beekeeping and mushroom farming so they have new income and food sources that reduce their need to exploit the reserve.
Creating the Atewa Hills National Park is SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's most important campaign. Success would be a huge victory for Ghana's frogs, Ghana's people and for worldwide environmental conservation efforts, but it will not be easy: there are many influential companies and individuals who profit off of the continued exploitation of the Atewa Range Forest Reserve and will work diligently to block the new national park. Fortunately, the will of the people can overcome the existent power structure if the people are dedicated and well-organized. We at SAVE THE FROGS! & SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will be doing our part, and we call upon you to provide the financial support needed to make save the Togo Slippery Frog and make the Atewa Hills National Park a reality. Your generous donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Please donate to SAVE THE FROGS! today and help us raise the $2,500 we need to ramp up our efforts to create the Atewa Hills National Park! Thanks for helping us save the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frogs!
The Critically Endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi)
The Togo Slippery Frogs are highly aquatic, seldom venturing far from water. They are amazing swimmers, and will dart underwater at the first sign of danger.
The frogs are known to live on only two streams in the world, both in Atewa Forest Range Reserve. The frogs are threatened by proposed mountaintop removal mining that would clog their streams, and by poachers from nearby villages who eat the frogs. The Togo Slippery Frog is unlikely to survive without a concerted effort on our part and yours to protect the Reserve as Ghana's 6th national park (Atewa Hills National Park), and to educate the locals and train them to grow alternative food sources and earn money through innovative means such as beekeeping and mushroom farming. Please donate and help SAVE THE TOGO SLIPPERY FROGS!
Your name on the SAVE THE FROGS! website
Anyone who donates $20 or more to SAVE THE FROGS! by October 28th will get their name listed and donation acknowledged on the SAVE THE FROGS! Atewa webpage! We can keep your donation anonymous upon request as well. You can donate at: http://savethefrogs.com/donate
Free PDF on the Importance of Protecting the Atewa Hills
Learn more about the Atewa Hills in this 9-page PDF created by SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum and Emmanuel Akom:
Gilbert Adum with Togo Slippery Frog art.
Issaquah Salmon Days Festival halts frog sales
"Hi Kerry, a small victory: No frogs were sold this year at the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival. The festival is a very large local event. For the past few years a vendor has been selling small African frogs in tiny plastic containers. My friends and I had complained to the festival organizers, the mayor, and anyone else who would listen citing CDC warnings, disease threats to local frogs and amphibians, and cruelty to animals. The festival was this past weekend. They finally listened and there were no frogs for sale."
-- Diane Weinstein; Issaquah, WA
Frog Art at the Santa Cruz County Government Center
We are pleased to have over 20 pieces of SAVE THE FROGS! art hanging on the first floor of the Santa Cruz County Government Center this month. Many politicians and citizens walk by the exhibit and get exposed to SAVE THE FROGS! for the first time. Please go have a look! Thanks to Tai Stills and Ann Osterman for getting this set up!
Voice of the Youth
"Hello, I am Harshita Mishra of 10th standard studying in Delhi Public School, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. I was just surfing the net when I saw your amazing page. It is good to know that somebody really cares about planet Earth. I want to get involved with you people. Not just me, I want my entire school and the complete society to work with you people and save the planet. What can I do? You people are doing a great job! Kudos!"
Yosemite Toad (Bufo canorus) photo courtesy SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member Beth Pratt
Thanks for helping SAVE THE TOGO SLIPPERY FROGS!
Have a great weekend,
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Clifford School, Redwood City, CA; You can order your flag at www.savethefrogs.com/flags