You can help save the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
Ghana's government has authorized the destruction of the Atewa Hills for bauxite mining, and unless we take decisive action, the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog will go extinct as its streams in Atewa get destroyed. This frog exists ONLY in the Atewa Hills, so we must stop this mining! Fortunately, over the past 18 months we have built a strong network of volunteers in Ghana. We have formed a coalition and with other environmental groups we are working to protect the Atewa Hills as Ghana's 6th National Park. Unfortunately, we cannot do any further work until and unless we raise money for this campaign! Your contribution will enable us to pay for billboards and printed materials about the Slippery Frog and the Atewa Hills; to pay for radio and television spots so that we can get nationwide support for our campaign; to educate the communities surrounding the Slippery Frog; and to meet with politicians and regional kings. We need to raise $5,000 for this campaign!
Please make a tax-deductible contribution to support our efforts to protect Ghana's critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog!
With your help we CAN prevent the extinction of this incredible frog!
If you donate $25 or higher, we will put your name on the Thank You section of www.savethefrogs.com/ghana so the world will know about your frog-saving ways, and to inspire others to follow in your footsteps. Please help our African amphibian conservation efforts by donating to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana today. Please donate through www.savethefrogs.com/donate then just email us at email@example.com to ask us to direct your donation to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. Thanks!
"Mining produces a short-term benefit to outsiders, but a long-term loss to Ghana's future."
Meet the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi)
The critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog is 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. The Togo Slippery Frog is highly aquatic, seldom venturing far from water. They are amazing swimmers, and will dart underwater at the first sign of danger. Please support our efforts to save the Togo Slippery Frog! Your tax-deductible donation will help us protect their habitat as Ghana's 6th National Park!
Ghana's Save The Frogs Day 2013 Events Planned in Three Cities
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is organizing educational events across Ghana. The primary goals are raising amphibian awareness, specifically (1) to reduce the frog meat trade, and (2) to increase support of our efforts to create the Atewa Hills National Park. These events are being coordinated and implemented by SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum; SAVE THE FROGS! Academy student Samuel Antwi; the KNUST and UCAES SAVE THE FROGS! Chapters; and SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey, who will be spending the month in Ghana giving educational presentations and leading field courses for students. These events will educate thousands of Ghanaians about frogs, but they cost real money to put on. Right now we need to raise $1,500 to cover printed materials, auditorium and data projector rental, and transportation costs. Can you help out? Chances are you've always wanted to help make Africa a better place. Here's your chance! Please donate at www.savethefrogs.com/donate -- feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask us to direct your donation to Ghana, and we'll even list your name in the Thank You section of www.savethefrogs.com/ghana
Learn all about the events at:
SAVE THE FROGS! Biologist Michael Starkey Headed To Ghana
SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey will travel to Ghana in April to meet with politicians, tribal leaders, and academics in order to further the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana message of amphibian conservation. Mr. Starkey will give presentations, teach a field course to undergraduates, advise the students of our three university chapters, and assist with Save The Frogs Day events. Generally speaking, Michael will grow Ghana's network of students, academics, politicians and biologists interested in amphibian conservation efforts and work towards the creation of the Atewa Hills National Park, home of the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog. Michael's trip is being coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum, and funded by the generous support of donors like you! We are still trying to raise $2,500 for Michael's expenses and we welcome and encourage your support. Please donate at http://savethefrogs.com/donate then email Michael at email@example.com to let him know that the funds are to support his trip. Thanks!
A message from SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey
Ghana's frogs are under serious threat from habitat destruction, pollution and pesticides, and from over-harvesting for the frog meat and frog bait trades. With so many factors contributing to the decline in amphibian populations, this April I will travel to Ghana to meet with politicians, tribal leaders, and academics in order to further SAVE THE FROGS! GHANA message of amphibian conservation. With your assistance I will give presentations and grow Ghana's network of students, academics and biologists interested in amphibian conservation efforts.
Please consider giving a gift to benefit this cause. Anything you can donate is greatly appreciated. If only 50 people each donated $50 toward our conservation efforts in Ghana, then the cost of these efforts would be completely covered. We at SAVE THE FROGS! are working endlessly to bring greater consciousness to the effects we humans have on the planet, and inspire people to protect it! Thank you so much and together we can save the frogs!
After you donate, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we know to direct your donation to Ghana and so we can add your name to the Thank You list on our site!
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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's 2012 Accomplishments
Look at these amazing things that SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana accomplished in 2012 (the organization's first full year in existence!):
- Coordinated Ghana’s first ever Save The Frogs Day events in both the Southern and Northern provinces of the country.
– Founded a new SAVE THE FROGS! Chapter at the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES), to help create the Atewa Hills National Park for the protection of the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi).
– Coordinated Small Grants Awards ($1,000) and built the capacity of two undergraduates at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and one student at University for Development Studies, Tamale, to conduct projects in amphibian conservation.
– Growing the movement to create a new national park at Atewa Hills, to protect the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi).
– Implemented a project to establish baseline information on the status of frog meat consumption and export, and educating local people to reduce exploitations.
– Organized a national seminar on research proposal writing for university students at KNUST, Kumasi.
– Gave regular weekly radio broadcasts about frog conservation issues on KNUST Focus FM Radio, 94.3, and live radio presentations among Atewa local communities about the need to protect the Atewa Forest from mining.
– Published in FrogLog, Newsletter of IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group, drawing both local and international attention to the plight of Ghana’s endangered amphibians and need to save them.
– Gave 25 live presentations across Ghana to educate Ghanaians about frog conservation.
– Authored a publication in Conservation Biology about the regeneration potential of African selectively logged rainforests for amphibians, and providing important conclusions for sustainable long-term management of these highly important tropical ecosystems. Co-authored a publication in Biotropica, using amphibians as model organisms to show that the net effect of logging varies with respect to forest type.
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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum
I spent a month in Ghana in September 2011 with Gilbert. He is one of the most dedicated amphibian conservationists I know and has put in an incredible amount of hard work and volunteer time into SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. I hope you will give him your utmost support! Learn more about Gilbert at www.savethefrogs.com/gilbert-adum and email him at email@example.com -- Thanks!
"Dear Mr. Gilbert, I am Mr. Ignas Safari, a beginning herpetologist from Dodoma University, Tanzania. I have received good news from Dr. Kerry Kriger of the initiative that you are taking to enhancing the conservation of amphibians in Ghana. I commend your efforts and wish you all the best of luck in your endeavours to save these amazing creatures that are rapidly disappearing. We need to create awareness to our people and governments to value and conserve frogs so that we can curb or rather reduce their rate of extinction. I hope SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will provide a good lesson to other countries in Africa to value and conserve amphibians. With the kindest regards, Safari Ignas"
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum and Togo Slippery Frog art.
Gilbert educates students of the KNUST Environmental Studies department.
Free Save The Frogs Day Materials for Event Organizers
It's not too late to get free educational materials for your event. If you are organizing a Save The Frogs Day event in Mexico, Canada or the USA, and your event educates youth up to 18 years old, you are eligible to receive a free Save The Frogs Day Organizer Package, courtesy of Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal. To claim your free package, you must register your Save The Frogs Day event at http://savethefrogs.com/register by March 31st and then email us to inform us you seek a free organizer package and which size package. You must tell us how many participants you expect at your event. We have a limited quantity to distribute, and they take time to ship, so please do not delay. Please register your event AND send us your request for a package ASAP!!!
I found this endangered Hyperolius bobirensis in Ankasa National Park. The species exists in only 5 known locations in Ghana.
Thanks for helping SAVE GHANA'S FROGS!
Over 90% of West Africa's rainforests have been destroyed. Ghana's frog populations are under extreme threat from mountain top removal mining, over-use of pesticides, illegal timber harvesting, and over-harvesting for the frog meat markets. With your support, we are certain we can spread environmental awareness across Africa and save Africa's amazing frogs. Thanks for helping!!!
Dr. Kerry Kriger & Gilbert Adum
Co-Founders, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
Teaching undergraduates at KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana,