Celebrating two years of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
Today (September 22nd) is a very special day because it is the the 2nd birthday of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, the first international branch of SAVE THE FROGS!. It is also the 32nd birthday of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's Executive Director Gilbert Adum! Please enjoy this newsletter all about our frog saving successes in Ghana, and wish Gilbert and SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana a very happy birthday by donating to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana today! Your donation will help SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana get its very first office! You can read below about why we need an office as opposed to being forced to work in loud internet cafes; I'm sure you can imagine how much more productive our staff and volunteers will be with an official SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana office space! Your donation today will help make that possible, and will send a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our frog saving friends in Ghana. We need to raise $2,000 for the office space, and we thank YOU for your support. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Learn all about SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana:
September 22nd, 2013
Learn all about our frog saving efforts in Ghana on this free webinar! SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger, SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey, and SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum will give presentations on Ghana's amphibians, our work in Ghana, and a discussion on how you can help SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, whether you are in Ghana or living elsewhere in the world.
Meets online 5pm-6p San Francisco Time. Brought to you by SAVE THE FROGS! Academy.
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana educating kids in Atewa
On the 21st of June, Atewa (home to the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog) celebrated its first ever Save The Frogs Day. It was on the theme "THE NEED TO PROTECT THE ATEWA FOREST FROM MINING". The Atewa Range Forest Reserve is Ghana's most biodiverse area, yet it is the most threatened wilderness area. Events were held at Kwabeng, the Atewa district capital. The SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana team highlighted the need to protect the Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi) and the entire Atewa biodiversity from both local small-scale mining and the government's interest in mining the forest. The local people learnt more about the value of their own forest, which had been demarcated by their ancestors to provide goods and services for the people of Atewa and mankind. In attendance were about 150 participants including Atewa school children and teachers. Representatives from the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) gave a talk on the importance of the Atewa Forest. Kids also entertained participants to some (froggy) azonto dance, the latest dance craze in Ghana. Thanks to all our donors whose financial support made these Atewa events possible!
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana wins another Rufford Grant Award
Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum for winning his second Rufford Small Grants award of £6,000 (US$9,000). The award will enable Gilbert Adum and his SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana team to restore and protect the habitats of Ghana's Critically Endangered Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua). The Squeaker Frog is in immediate danger of extinction as only 12 individuals are known to exist, all in an unprotected forest patch in Western Ghana's Sui River Forest Reserve. However, the combination of logging, farming, mining and the invasion of the non-native weed Chromolaena odorata are causing the species to decline and preventing its recovery from the brink of extinction. Within an area of 20 hectares, Gilbert and his team will remove the invasive C. odorata which impedes the frogs' movement and replant fast-growing native trees, and launch an education program to increase conservation awareness among local people and the general public.
On Gilbert’s 1st Rufford project, apart from large surveys that he and his team conducted for the Squeaker Frog and other frogs, they successfully trained local stakeholders in general amphibian ecology, survey and conservation strategies. The project also established that the deadly amphibian disease chytridiomycosis is absent from Ghana. In a paper co-authored in PLoS ONE (Penner et al. 2013), the work contributed to a large pool of similar, c. 800 samples, showing that the disease is also absent from the whole of West Africa (western Nigeria to Senegal). In addition, they organised Ghana's first ever training workshop on amphibian diseases held in the capital, Accra. With focus on chytridiomycosis, participants from different organisations and institutions across the county received relevant training on amphibian diseases surveillance, monitoring and prevention strategies.
Thanks to the Rufford Small Grants Foundation for helping save the Giant Squeaker Frog!
Help SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana get its first office!
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has never had an office, and this makes getting things done very difficult! Can you imagine working in loud internet cafes with no privacy? Please donate today and help us raise $2,000 to get SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana an office! Having an office will greatly facilitate the work we do in Ghana. Here is a note Gilbert sent me describing the situation there: "SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana still has no place to call an office. For now we are forced do our work from our respective residences, and internet cafes. There is no privacy at all for us the staff and our volunteers. Our field equipment and the other items in our possession too are not safe."
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana shirts: please order one and help support our efforts!
Want to support our work in Ghana? Great! Please order one of these super awesome 100% organic cotton SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana t-shirts, all proceeds support amphibian conservation and they are great conversation starters!
Thanks for helping SAVE GHANA'S FROGS!
Have a great week!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Crossing from Ghana (right bank) to Ivory Coast (left bank) in September 2011. With your help SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's message will spread and take hold across the entire African continent!