A message from our frog-saving friends in Ghana
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Supporter,
I am Gilbert Adum, Co-Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, the first international branch of USA-based SAVE THE FROGS!, and West Africa's first and only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting amphibians. I wish to thank all donors for supporting our programs during this passing year. With your donations we now have five SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana university chapters, and we have succeeded in increasing the number of Ghanaian amphibian biologists from 2 to 18. We have also produced for Ghana three female amphibian biologists, the first ever in the country's history. We have met with political leaders, chiefs and local people and spoken on national television and radio about the need to create the Atewa Hills National Park, for the protection of the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi). Thankfully, the federal government is now considering withdrawing its prospecting license for mining the Atewa Forest; however, the future of the forest and its frogs is still at risk and much work remains.
Right now we need to raise $3,000 to intensify our Atewa campaign by organizing news conferences and garnering local media attention through TV and radio programs. We also need your financial assistance to move into our very first office, which will be located in Kumasi, next to KNUST (the country's leading science university, where we have an active student chapter). The rent on the office is a mere $75/month, but we need to raise $2,000 to pay our deposit and purchase tables and chairs, curtains, a telephone system, a refrigerator, cabinets, a printer and an air conditioning unit. Your support is crucial to our continuing successes here in Ghana, where 90% of our rainforests have already been cleared. Thank you for your generous support!
Your donation will be processed through the SAVE THE FROGS! USA website, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law! Donate $50 or more and we will list your name in the Thank You section of the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana webpage. All donations placed December 26 or 27 will automatically be directed to Ghana. After that simply reply to this email and request your donation be directed towards Ghana. Thank you!
SAVE THE FROGS! Executive Director Gilbert Adum and team educating the students of Sefwi Wiaso Senior High School.
Exciting News: SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana finds one of the world's rarest frogs!
After four years of intensive search for the Krokosua Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua), a team of scientists from SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana found the critically endangered frog at Ghana's Western Region Sui River Forest Reserve. Less than 14 individuals of the West Africa's Krokosua Squeaker Frog are thought to survive! SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum, who led the nine-member team that made the important discovery, says "we have looked forward to this moment for the last four years. We are excited about the discovery as this has given hope that we can save the Squeaker Frog from extinction." Students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology's Department of Wildlife and Range Management assisted on the expedition. Thanks to John Platt for featuring SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's Squeaker Frog success in this Scientific American article.
A frog meat update from our student volunteers in Tamale, Ghana
Frog legs are a problem in many parts of the world. The SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana UDS Chapter at the University for Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana is working to end the over consumption of frogs in Ghana. Here is a November 9th, 2013 update from the chapter: "Today we visited the frog market at Kumbugu in the Northern Region of Ghana. We met the frog hunters who took us through what they do. They are basically farmers but hunt for frogs during the lean season of farming when they do not have much work on their farms..."
How our work is impacting Ghana's universities
When we formed SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana in September 2011, there were only two professional amphibian biologists in the country. Since then we have made huge progress increasing universities' involvement in amphibian conservation to create more amphibian experts in Ghana:
-- UCAES: University authorities want most of their students to work on frogs at Atewa next year.
-- KNUST: Ten students are doing their projects on frogs this year;
-- University of Ghana, Accra. Our masters student is finishing collecting her data on frogs at Atewa.
-- University of Cape Coast: We are assisting their masters student on a frogs' project; she is being trained by the University to be a lecturer on amphibians.
-- UDS: Students are asking for areas where they can study frogs for their projects. We are conducting a workshop for them in two weeks and will advise.
Hamdia Mahama of (University of Ghana) and Sandra Owusu Gyamfi (SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana), perhaps West Africa's very first female amphibian biologists.
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana in Canada
Ghana's frogs deserve all the best of the world's attention! On June 28th, 2013 at the Barrier Lake Field Station in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum gave a presentation to 35 conservation leaders from 19 countries around the world. Gilbert highlighted the plight of Ghana's frogs and in particular that of the critically endangered West Africa Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua). The Giant Squeaker Frog is on the verge of disappearing as only 12 individuals are known to exist, all in an unprotected forest patch in Western Ghana's Sui River Forest Reserve. Fortunately, the Conservation Leadership Programme generously awarded us funds to protect the frog and to train Gilbert in conservation techniques during a three-week program program in Canada. Gilbert spoke to the world's conservation leaders to spread awareness for the plight of the Ghana's fragile environment, giving hope to the Giant Squeaker Frog. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is actively working to more accurately map the species' habitats, restore its degraded habitat, and to educate logging companies and local communities to protect the frog.
Thank you for helping SAVE GHANA'S FROGS!
On behalf of Ghana's people, frogs, forests and wildlife, we thank you for your support and appreciate your generous donation!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder, Board Member & Ecologist
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
These kids deserve a world with cool frogs...please donate to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana and we'll make sure that world exists!