SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize was a huge success!

Posted August 4th, 2014 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Educate Yourself, Events, Jobs, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

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WOW! What a trip! The SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize was a blast! From June 19th to the 28th, ten frog-saving supporters trekked through rainforests, hiked through pine savannah, relaxed on white, sandy beaches, and found lots and lots of beautiful frogs! See the adventure for yourself and check out these amazing photos from the 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize.

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SAVE THE FROGS! in Times Square, New York

Posted August 1st, 2014 by Kathlyn Franco
Categories: Uncategorized

SAVE THE FROGS! has been offered full motion digital ads on a 26′ wide x 20′ high screen in Times Square, NYC. We seek a corporate sponsor to pay for the ads and share the ad space with us. Can YOUR company help out? It would be great publicity for your company and would be helping a great cause. The ads would feature colorful eye-catching frog photos and education. The ads are 10 seconds long and will run 18 times per day for 78 days (1,404 showings). The screen is at 42nd street in the middle of all the action. Your company can likely get a tax write-off as well. Please contact us at contact@savethefrogs.com ASAP if you can assist. Thank you!

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The two coolest SAVE THE FROGS! Guitar Picks ever created

Posted July 24th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Frog Gifts

Introducing the two coolest SAVE THE FROGS! Guitar Picks ever created! These picks make great gifts and allow you to rock out on your guitar! One of these beautiful picks features the Southern Orange-Eyed Treefrog from Australia. The other features artistic renditions of a Red-Eyed Treefrog from Belize and a Hypsiboas cinerascens from the Colombian Amazon. Order now and you’ll get each of these limited edition picks! Please share and help spread the word. Frog photos and art are by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and graphic design courtesy STF! Volunteer Alyson Lee. 100% of proceeds support our amphibian conservation efforts.

Order your picks at:
www.savethefrogs.com/picks

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Ask the Gilroy Garlic Festival to prohibit frog leg sales

Posted July 23rd, 2014 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself

The Gilroy Garlic Festival in California should be celebrating garlic rather than frog extinction. Please call them and ask them to prohibit the selling of frog legs at their festival: 408-842-1625. The frogs being sold are in all likelihood either wild-caught or farm-raised non-native, disease-spreading, predatory American Bullfrogs shipped here from some distant country. Thanks for calling them at 408-842-1625 and taking action for the frogs! Stay tuned also for an email action alert we will be sending out shortly. For more information please visist: www.savethefrogs.com/frog-legs

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Frog art by Aisyah Nasywa Ula, Age 7, Indonesia

Governor Jerry Brown signs our frog legislation into law

Posted July 6th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center

We are very pleased to announce that on Saturday June 28th, Governor Jerry Brown made amphibious history by signing Assembly Bill 2364 into law, making the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) the state’s official amphibian (effective January 1st, 2015). Thank you to Governor Brown; Assemblymember Pérez and his staff; the students, teachers and administrators of Sea View Elementary School in Salton City; all the legislators who voted in support of this bill; and to all our SAVE THE FROGS! supporters who sent in letters of support on behalf of the California Red-Legged Frog! This law will ensure that thousands of future California students learn about amphibians, and that those who profit off of the destruction of Red-Legged Frog habitat will meet with increased opposition and obstacles should they attempt to harm these frogs. You can learn all about how this bill became law, and why students play such an important role in environmental conservation efforts at:
www.savethefrogs.com/ab2364

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RESTORATION OF THE GIANT SQUEAKER FROG’S HABITAT GETS UNDERWAY

Posted June 25th, 2014 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Events, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, together with foresters from the Forestry Commission of Ghana (FC) and 100 other volunteers, has cleared a portion of the habitat of the Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis kroskosua) of the non-native invasive weed (Chromolaena odorata). To suppress the regrowth of the weed we immediately planted 2,000 native tree seedlings in areas where it was removed and in other degraded places.
We also trained local school children and villagers on best practices of invasive weed control and tree planting. The invasive weed C. odorata depletes the density of leaf-litter that the Giant Squeaker Frog utilises for predator escape, breeding activities and protection from desiccation. Thus, clearing and controlling the infestation of the weed will improve the Frog’s habitat conditions, which subsequently will lead to its recovery from the brink of extinction.
We educated the local people on the amphibian extinction crisis and the importance of protecting frogs and their habitats. Local people pledged their support for the project and expressed interest in establishing community tree nurseries to continue with the restoration project. They will also help to report any ongoing illegal activities within the reserve to authorities to prevent the continual
With the success of future funding, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana and local people will establish community tree nurseries to raise native seedlings. With the seedlings, they will replant in the Giant Squeaker Frog’s remaining habitat ranges to quicken the process of its recovery from the brink of extinction. Please read more about our future habitat restoration plans for the Giant Squeaker Frog at (http://savethefrogs.com/amphibians/arthroleptis-krokusua.html) and also donate here.
We thank The Rufford Foundation, Stiftung Artenshutz/Verband Deutscher Zoodirektoren and SAVE THE FROGS! for funding the first phase of this project.

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A note from SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger

Posted June 19th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Jobs, Random Frog Stuff

I never had any fascination with frogs when I was growing up, Then when I was 20 I visited the rainforests of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. I saw a treefrog calling from the side of a tree, and I was struck by how amazing and primitive it was. I felt pretty lucky to see something so incredible. I spent a lot of time camping out in nature and decided to pursue a career in environmental science so that I could help protect the planet and its wildlife. Since I like hanging out at streams, I decided I should work with animals that live along streams. While deciding between various groups of stream-dwelling animals, I learnt that frogs were rapidly disappearing, so they became the obvious choice for my Ph.D. research project. I flew to Australia and spent four years hanging out with frogs in the rainforest, which definitely confirmed my belief that frogs are the coolest animals! It would be a terrible loss if we lost the sense of connection with nature we feel when we are around frogs. I founded the nonprofit organization SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs.com) in order to teach people about the importance of frogs and ways to protect them.

Amphibian populations have been rapidly disappearing worldwide and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared since in recent decades. Frogs and other amphibians face an array of threats from climate change to habitat destruction; pesticide use; over-collection for frog legs and dissections; invasive species; and infectious diseases spread by human activity. Frogs eat mosquitoes; provide us with medical advances; serve as food for birds, fish and monkeys; and their tadpoles filter our drinking water. Plus frogs look and sound cool — so there are lots of reasons to save the frogs!

The rapid disappearance of amphibian populations in recent decades is undoubtedly the most tragic loss of biodiversity we have ever witnessed, and is one of the most serious environmental issues of our time. Fixing a problem of this magnitude requires a major change in how humans relate to the environment, and this begins with our school system. When I was growing up I learned very little about frogs or protecting the environment. By incorporating environmental education into our schools and acknowledging its importance to the future of our planet, we can make a huge step towards improving the health of the planet and the fate of frogs. SAVE THE FROGS! has numerous educational initiatives for teachers and students, including frog art and poetry contests, Save The Frogs Day, and webpages dedicated exclusively to teachers and students with lots of freely downloadable materials. We invite you to check out our website (www.savethefrogs.com) to learn many ways you can get involved and help us SAVE THE FROGS!

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger

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Our California Red-Legged Frog Legislation Goes To The Governor!

Posted June 19th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center

Last fall, Sea View Elementary students sent a letter to Assemblymember Manuel Pérez asking him to create legislation naming the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) as our official state amphibian. Pérez drafted the legislation earlier this year and SAVE THE FROGS! has twice testified at the State Capitol on behalf of the bill (AB 2364). This morning the bill passed the Senate on a Floor vote of 24-9 and now heads to the Governor. You can help assure this bill becomes law by writing a 1-page letter of support, addressed to Governor Jerry Brown, and sending it as an attachment to news@savethefrogs.com by Monday June 23rd, 2pm PST.

This legislation will help raise awareness for California’s amphibians; it will make it more difficult to harm the Red-Legged Frog as Californians will be more fond of it and therefore more protective of it; and it will ensure thousands of Californians learn about frogs when researching their state’s official wildlife in school.

“AB 2364 spotlights a species important to California history and ecology by making it a state symbol,” said Assemblymember Pérez. “But it is also meaningful to me because it demonstrates learning in action. The students came up with this idea, did the research and got involved in the legislative process. I’ve really enjoyed the experience working with them, and I’m excited that this is the first of my bills this year to head to the Governor’s desk.”

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Mass Deaths in the Frog Pet Trade

Posted June 7th, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself

Shawn Ashley et al. (2014) published these alarming findings in their article “Morbidity and Mortality of Invertebrates, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Mammals at a Major Exotic Companion Animal Wholesaler”, published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science:

“The authors formally investigated a major international wildlife wholesaler and subsequently confiscated more than 26,400 nonhuman animals of 171 species and types. Approximately 80% of the nonhuman animals were identified as grossly sick, injured, or dead, with the remaining in suspected suboptimal condition. Almost 3,500 deceased or moribund animals (12% of stock), mostly reptiles, were being discarded on a weekly basis. Mortality during the 6-week “stock turnover” period was determined to be 72%. During a 10-day period after confiscation, mortality rates (including euthanasia for humane reasons) for the various taxa were 18% for invertebrates, 44.5% for amphibians, 41.6% for reptiles, and 5.5% for mammals. Causes of morbidity and mortality included cannibalism, crushing, dehydration, emaciation, hypothermic stress, infection, parasite infestation, starvation, overcrowding, stress/injuries, euthanasia on compassionate grounds, and undetermined causes. Contributing factors for disease and injury included poor hygiene; inadequate, unreliable, or inappropriate provision of food, water, heat, and humidity; presumed high levels of stress due to inappropriate housing leading to intraspecific aggression; absent or minimal environmental enrichment; and crowding. Risks for introduction of invasive species through escapes and/or spread of pathogens to naive populations also were identified.”
www.savethefrogs.com/pets

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS TO RESTORE HABITAT OF THE GIANT SQUEAKER FROG!!!

Posted June 6th, 2014 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Grants & Awards, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

There is a glimpse of hope at long last for the recovery of Ghana’s Critically Endangered Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua). From June 15-20th SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will remove an invasive weed (Chromalaena odorata) and replant native trees in the Giant Squeaker Frog’s only home at the Sui River Forest Reserve. We would need volunteers from anywhere in Ghana or abroad with the requisite expertise in invasive weed control, and habitat restoration and management.

The volunteers will help clear the invasive weed from one of the three critical habitat ranges of the Giant Squeaker Frog. They will also be expected to assist SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana to train local school children and villagers on best practices of invasive weed control and enrichment planting. The weed depletes the density of leaf-litter that the Giant Squeaker Frog utilises for predator escape, breeding activities and protection from desiccation. Thus, clearing and controlling the infestation of the weed will improve the Frogs’ habitat conditions, which subsequently will lead to its recovery from the brink of extinction. Volunteers will also assist on this project to conduct enrichment planting of 2,000 seedlings in areas where the invasive weed has been removed and other degraded sites.
With the success of future funding, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana together with our local partners will establish community tree nurseries to raise native seedlings. With these seedlings, we will replant in the Giant Squeaker Frog’s remaining habitat ranges to quicken the process of its recovery from the brink of extinction. Please read more about our future habitat restoration plans for the Giant Squeaker Frog at (http://savethefrogs.com/amphibians/arthroleptis-krokusua.html) and also donate here.

We will cater for feeding, travel and lodging expenses of volunteers. We will also award volunteers with SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana certificates of participation. Do not worry about missing your favourite World Cup match! We will watch the matches at community pubs. Interested persons should contact SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana at ghana@savethefrogs.com or +233-(0)263182586.

We thank The Rufford Foundation, Stiftung Artenshutz and SAVE THE FROGS! for funding this project.

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