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SAVE THE FROGS! 2012 Accomplishments

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Donate Now!This page lists some of our major accomplishments in 2012. Thanks to all our donors, members, volunteers and supporters for making all this possible! If you like what we do, please help us protect amphibian populations by placing a tax-deductible donation to SAVE THE FROGS! today: we do not receive government funding...our success depends on you! With your involvement and your financial support, we are 100% positive we can SAVE THE FROGS! Thanks!


Thanks to all our supporters for making 2012 our most successful year ever! This year SAVE THE FROGS! educational programs reached 75 countries: Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belize, Belgium, Bhutan, Brasil, Bolivia, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela.

The 4th Annual Save The Frogs Day: April 28, 2012

Save The Frogs Day 2012Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, the 4th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 28, 2012) was the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet's history. Over 200 SAVE THE FROGS! events took place in 39 countries (and 34 states): Australia, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine and the United States. Learn all about the events here.

2012 Save The Frogs Day Awards: $6,080 Disbursed

* Nurul Islam - Chittagong, Bangladesh: $2,000
* Gilbert Adum - SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana: $2,000
* Avalon Theisen, Age 10, Tampa, FL: $500
* Jayaditya Purkayastha, Guwahati, India - $480
* Dr. Krishan Sharma, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India - $300
* Izabela Barata, Minas Gerais, Brazil - $200
* Rajesh Jha, Kathmandu, Nepal - $200
* Soazara Ranivoarivelo, Madagascar - $200
* Darlington Tuagben, Liberia - $200
Learn about all the winners' events on the Save The Frogs Day 2012 events page.


On June 12th, 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger gave a 25 minute presentation at the US Environmental Protection Agency's hearings on the effects of Atrazine on aquatic wildlife in Arlington, VA. You can listen to it here.


VictoryAt the request of SAVE THE FROGS!, on January 24th, 2012 the City of Santa Cruz became the first city in the USA to ban bullfrogs. On February 28th, 2012 the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors followed suit and voted unanimously to ban the importation, sale and purchase of American Bullfrogs in the county.

Frog Ponds

SAVE THE FROGS! supporters built several frog ponds on their property in 2012 and we were pleased to award the students of Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco with $250 to acknowledge their amazing frog pond, which is now a breeding site for Pacific Chorus Frogs. Build a frog pond at your school or home and help us cover the globe with frog habitat and fill the night air with the soothing sounds of frog calls!

Visitacion Valley Middle School


Ghana frogs-- Coordinated Ghana's first Save The Frogs Day 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 Ghana's 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.

Frog meat Ghana


Congratulations to these schools who accepted our challenge to discontinue all animal dissections in their school (not just frogs!) for a minimum of a 5-year period:
-- Central Freshman Campus in San Angelo, TX
-- Druid Hills Academy in Charlotte, NC
-- Children's University in Arlington, TX
-- Channing Hall in Draper, VT
-- William Wetsel Middle School in Madison, VA

Additionally, a Watsonville, CA middle school teacher who heard Dr. Kriger's presentation at a dissections workshop was inspired to switch to virtual dissection software, saving 45 Northern Leopard Frogs (Rana pipiens) from the scalpel.


Atlanta's international airport is the busiest on planet Earth, so we are extremely excited to have gotten two of these huge posters up in Concourse E International (Delta, Air Jamaica, British Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa, South African Airways).

Atlanta Airport Frog Ad


2012 saw the creation of SAVE THE FROGS! Academy, with classes set to go in full swing in Spring 2013.

Antonelli Pond

SAVE THE FROGS! is working to restore habitat at Antonelli Pond and increase the number of California Red-Legged Frogs at the pond. Fifteen students from the Natural Bridges Green Careers High School helped us install fish exclusion fences to prevent non-native fish from eating the California Red-Legged Frog egg masses at Antonelli Pond in Santa Cruz.

Natural Bridges Santa Cruz

Antonelli Pond nets

SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest & Art Show

The 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest received 2,693 entries from 37 countries! Thanks to all the artists! You can view lots of 2012 frog art here! Entries came from Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Ecuador, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the USA. Over 250 people attended our inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Art Show in Santa Cruz.

Frog Art

Poetry Contest

Poetry FrogsThe 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest received 1,216 entries from 43 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brasil, Canada, China, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela. Thanks to all the contestants for their fabulous frog poetry! This contest raises awareness of the amphibian extinction problem by getting people involved and interested. The best frog poems will be used in a book of frog poetry that will be sold to raise money for amphibian conservation efforts. You can view the 2012 winning frog poems here

The website

Our website holds over 300 pages of freely accessible information. In 2012, 506,481 people accessed the site, and we received our millionth visitor.

We helped save the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs!

VICTORY! The California Fish & Game Commission voted unanimously February 2, 2012 to grant endangered status to the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs, which have disappeared from over 90% of their historic range. Thanks to the 1,573 SAVE THE FROGS! supporters who sent in letters on behalf of the frogs. At one time a common sight throughout the Sierra Nevadas, California's Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog are now completely gone from over 90% of the sites they once inhabited!

Mountain Yellow-Legged FrogsSAVE THE FROGS! was also instrumental in getting the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs listed in the Endangered Species Coalition's list of America's Top 10 threatened species, and we helped produce this special report entitled "Water Woes".

Loudoun County Land Protected

SAVE THE FROGS! helped get 239 acres of land protected at Gum Farm in Loudoun County, Virginia!

"Dr. Kerry, I'm so thrilled by the Gum Farm story! The amazing chorus of frog ponds of my childhood home may have some hope of survival, thanks to your organization, the LVT and the Lee family!"
-- Leah Drake, Los Gatos, CA

Educational Presentations

SAVE THE FROGS! scientists gave 114 educational presentations to over 10,080 attendees in 2012:

Dr. Kerry Kriger gave 47 presentations to 2,580+ attendees
Michael Starkey gave 52 presentations to 3,900+ attendees
Gilbert Adum gave 15 presentations to 3,600+ attendees

Additionally, many of our volunteers gave presentations on Save The Frogs Day!


Reunion Herpetologia

Sharp Park


Lake Erie


Red Eye Treefrog



The mass media provides an excellent venue for disseminating information on amphibian extinctions without having to pay advertising fees. In 2012, Save The Frogs gave 37 interviews (20 Radio, 3 TV, 14 Print). Many of the articles and interviews generated by these interviews can be found on the SAVE THE FROGS! In The News page and on our Audio page.


BBC Radio 5 with Michael Hamilton
Roxy FM 95.1 with Sherry Taylor
FM 105.1 with Brad Savage
KGNU Boulder 88.5FM with Shelley Schlender
NEAR FM90.1 Ireland with John Haughton
WMNF 88.5FM Tampa with Duncan Strauss
Sarah Pappin ( Podcast series)
Conscious Discussions Radio with Lillian Brumett
DJ Hutchinson of Animal Welfare Institute
Talkin Pets with John Patch
Lori Abbott of Public News Service
Trevor Chappell of ABC Radio Overnights Australia
LA Talk Radio's Hill & Dale Show
Danny Mendez of Urban Jungles Radio
Sirius BYU Radio with Andy McQuinn
Gilbert Adum gave 5 radio interviews in Ghana


KION Salinas with Susanne Brunner
CBS-4 at Sharp Park
San Francisco NBC KNTV-11 with Raji Ramanathan


Lauren McKellar (PETS Magazine)
Abigail Clark (Seven Hills Middle School in Cincinnati, OH)
Jason Hoppin (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
John Upton (Bay Citizen)
Ann Bolen (National Wildlife Magazine)
Fiona Hammond (Newsblaze)
Kristina Garfinkel (Berkeley Science Review)
Julia Thibodeaux (Green Source DFW)
Jeremy Jacobs (Greenwire)
Zulima Palacio (Voice of America)
Chris Knight (Pesticide & Chemical Policy)
Chris DeNuzzio (Wesleyan University)
Paul Epstein (Bay Nature)
Betsy Herbert (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Articles we wrote

Frog Extinctions: An Environmental Crisis
Save The Frogs: Mountain News Network

Thanks to these people!

Our successes in 2012 were possible because of the generous financial support of our donors and members, and because of the hard work of all these people:

Angela Dang, Sienne Hayes, Rex Green, Alyson Lee, Michael Starkey, Breanna Binder, Kerriann Light, Matthew Bryan, Cori Elwood, Jeremy Pelsinski, Angela Dang, Sol Atencio, Kerry Kriger, Linda VanderShure, Chris Berry, Mandy Beltz, Angela Flynn, Hannah Atkinson, Paige Davis, Kathlyn Franco, Vicky Hess, Tai Stills, Jane & Ashley and all the other SAVE THE FROGS! Art Show volunteers, Christine Currie, Heather Young, Ari Sinervo, Jeanie Vogelzang, Nurul Islam, Siddique, Samuel Antwi, Adarsh Raju, the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point STF! Chapter, Santa Cruz High School STF! Chapter, KNUST STF! Chapter, Chelsea McKeown, Robyn Screen, Cody Howard, Scott Harris, Joyce Orcutt, Jonathan Tourzan, Rochelle Owen, David Speiser, Marc Hero, Katherine Harris, Lindsay King, Nicola Biasi, Joyce Orcutt, William Gerhold, Robert Cooper, Jim Montoya, Berenice Garcia, Angel Sprague, Trisha Velasquez, all the Save The Frogs Day event organizers, SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Members and Board Members, all the frog artists and poets, everyone who helped out at Antonelli Pond and Sharp Park, everyone who took part in Drumming For The Frogs, and of course anyone we forgot to mention here!