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Santa Cruz, CA - 16-November-2011. Santa Cruz based environmental group Save The Frogs has reached the Top 20 of the 2011 Chase Community Giving Contest, in which thousands of charities nationwide compete for over three million dollars in prize money. Save The Frogs is currently in 17th place, and is working hard to move up to the #1 position, which would earn $250,000 for their local and worldwide amphibian conservation efforts. The contest, which ends November 22, is sponsored by Chase Bank. Winners are determined solely on the number of votes received from members of the public. Save The Frogs is urging all Californians to log on to www.savethefrogs.com and place their vote to help them close the narrow gap that separates them from the leader.
California is home to seventeen threatened amphibian species, including the critically endangered Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs, the California Red-Legged Frog and the California Tiger Salamander. Worldwide, nearly one-third of the world's amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Amphibians are faced with an onslaught of environmental problems, including climate change, pollution, infectious diseases, habitat loss, invasive species, and over-harvesting for the pet and food trades.
Save The Frogs re-located their world headquarters from Virginia to California in early 2010 and has made great strides in raising awareness of disappearing amphibian populations. Save The Frogs is working to make California the first state in the country to ban the importation, sale and release of the non-native American Bullfrog. "California imports three million bullfrogs into the state each year, for use as frog legs and for pets", says Save The Frogs Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger. "They eat our native frogs and whatever else fits in their mouth. Most of them come from frog farms in Taiwan and China and are infected by the chytrid fungus, which has driven 100 amphibian species to complete extinction in recent decades".
Save The Frogs is also being heard in Washington, DC, where due to their efforts the US Environmental Protection Agency is now considering a federal ban of Atrazine, one of the most commonly used pesticides on the planet. Atrazine is an endocrine disruptor already banned in the European Union. The chemical can turn male frogs into females at 2.5 parts per billion, and according to the US Department of Agriculture it contaminates over 93% of U.S. tap water sources. Save The Frogs recently opened its first international branch, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, which is working to protect amphibians in West Africa, where over 90% of the rainforests have been cleared.
What would Save The Frogs do with a $250,000 grand prize? "We need to protect habitat for California's endangered frogs, as habitat destruction is the number one cause of amphibian extinctions worldwide." says Dr. Kriger. "We'll also keep growing Save The Frogs Day and spreading our message across the planet." Save The Frogs Day was conceived and coordinated by Dr. Kriger, and is the world's largest day of amphibian education. On the most recent Save The Frogs Day (April 29, 2011), the group's supporters held 143 educational events in 21 countries.
You can vote for Save The Frogs at:
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Kerry Kriger, Ph.D.
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director and Ecologist
Phone (USA, messages get forwarded): (831) 621-6215
Phone (within Ghana): 026-800-9959
SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs.com) is America's first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.
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