SAVE THE FROGS! in Mexico
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
Many frog populations mysteriously disappeared from the Mexican highlands in the 1970's. Those extinctions were likely due to the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the most harmful invasive species on the planet (after humans). These days habitat destruction is the main threat to Mexico's amphibians, as industry, agriculture and housing developments spread across the country.
I spent the last eight days in Chiapas, Mexico spreading the SAVE THE FROGS message and getting Mexican amphibian biologists and politicians amped up about saving Mexico's endangered frogs. The Mexicans were extremely interested in our work and I expect a lot of Save The Frogs Day activity in Mexico this April 27th! The rest of this newsletter has lots of great photos from my trip as well as a free mp3 of my presentation to the Mexican Society of Herpetologists, enjoy! Gracias to ZooMat and the Municipality of Berriozabal for sponsoring my trip to Mexico. Gracias to Victor Luja, Luis Canseco and Berenice Garcia for all their help putting the trip together. And gracias to all the Mexican biologists for their enthusiasm!
If you like what you see in this email, I strongly urge you to donate to SAVE THE FROGS! so that we can continue to grow this movement and spread our message around the planet. Your donation will help us create the SOCIAL CHANGE we so desperately need if we are to protect frogs and other wildlife from the rampant destruction caused by the growing human population. With your financial support, we can make a huge impact worldwide! Without your FINANCIAL SUPPORT, we are simply unable to maintain programs in Ghana, Belize, Mexico, Bangladesh and the other countries in which we work. So please help out! You are welcome to call me toll-free at 1-877-75-FROGS if you have questions or would like to donate over the phone. Thank you for taking action and helping SAVE THE FROGS!
FREE mp3: My presentation to the Mexican Society of Herpetologists
Last Wednesday I gave a 45 minute presentation in Spanish to 200 scientists at the biennial conference of the Mexican Society of Herpetologists (Sociedad Herpetologica Mexicana) in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. There were many undergraduates, graduate researchers and professors in attendance, and they were extremely excited about SAVE THE FROGS -- after the talk I signed autographs and took photos with my new fans for 45 minutes! You can download a free mp3 of my presentation (in Spanish) at:
"Ola me gusto mucho tu presentacion que diste aqui en Chiapas en el Congreso de Herpetologia. Saludos!"
-- Biologist Kymberli Rodriguez
AWARDED: Distinguished Citizen of Berriozabal, Chiapas
On Friday I met the Mayor of Berriozabal, a small city with a large appreciation for amphibians. The Mayor awarded me "Distinguished Citizen" of the town and I gave a speech to 200 kids who awaited me in the town hall with frog posters. Last April the town held Save The Frogs Day events during Mexico's concurrent Amphibians Week, and we can expect a lot more activity this year. Berriozabal is adjacent to the Reserva La Pera, important amphibian habitat.
With the Mayor of Berriozabal Chiapas and government biologist Froilan:
Frogging with the Mexican Undergrads
On Saturday, students from the local university (UNICACH) took me out into the mountains to find frogs. Check out awesome photos of Mexican Frogs at www.savethefrogs.com/mexico
Brand New Webpage: SAVE THE FROGS! Mexico
Please have a look at our brand new webpage, to which we will continue adding information and photos! Thanks to Victor Luja for helping create the page.
Hyla eximia - Mountain Treefrog
MEXICAN FROG ART
I found this awesome frog art painted on the side of a tunnel in Tuxtla Gutierrez. We'll be announcing the winners of our SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest December 1st. Stay tuned!
SAVE THE FROGS! at the California Wildlife Fair November 29th
Join us for an evening celebrating California's remarkable wildlife! Featuring presentations by SAVE THE FROGS! biologists Dr. Kerry Kriger and Michael Starkey and live music by Kerry Kriger & the SAVE THE FROGS! Band. Learn about the state's creatures and the organizations working to protect them. Kids—and adults—can meet Ranger Rick. Sponsored by our friends at the National Wildlife Federation! Thursday Nov 29th 5-8pm at the Brower Center. 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Free Admission. Please download, print and post the PDF of the flyer below!
VIVA LAS RANAS DE MEXICO!
I look forward to working with Mexico's biologists to spread the SAVE THE FROGS! message across Mexico. Thanks for your support! Hasta luego!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Thanks to Luis Oliver, the first biologist to ever take me looking for frogs! In early 2003, Luis and I went into the desert outside of Zapotitlan de Salinas, Puebla to look for tadpoles of Hyla arenicolor. It was great to reconnect with Luis at the conference!