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Santa Cruz, CA. April 27, 2012 – Frog lovers and environmentalists worldwide are gearing up for the 4th Annual Save The Frogs Day, set to take place Saturday, April 28th. The annual celebration of amphibians is expected to be the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet's history, with events planned in 26 states and 37 countries, including Ghana, Australia, Bangladesh, Italy, Pakistan and Madagascar. The goal is to raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of frog species worldwide. Save The Frogs Day events are being coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, a Santa Cruz based nonprofit dedicated to amphibian conservation.
In celebration of Save The Frogs Day, the Save The Frogs Club of Santa Cruz High School will be leading a Save The Frogs Day Parade on the Boardwalk. Their goal is to educate people about the plight of amphibians, increase the appreciation of amphibians in the general public, and to collect petition signatures to get Governor Jerry Brown to enact a statewide ban on the importation of American Bullfrogs. The bullfrog is a non-native species that eats native amphibians and spreads infectious diseases to local frog populations. California currently imports several million of the bullfrogs into the state each year for food. Both the City and County of Santa Cruz recently banned the bullfrogs. The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is also taking part, and seeking volunteers to help restore habitat for California Red-Legged Frogs at Antonelli Pond on the west side of Santa Cruz.
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. Santa Cruz is home to three threatened amphibian species, the California Red-Legged Frog, California Tiger Salamander and the Santa Cruz Long-Toed Salamander.
"The goal of Save The Frogs Day is to get people worldwide educating their fellow citizens about the plight of amphibians and ways they can help" says Dr. Kerry Kriger, Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!. "Frogs eat mosquitoes, provide us with medical advances, serve as food for birds, fish and monkeys, and their tadpoles filter our drinking water. There are lots of reasons to save them."
You can learn more about Save The Frogs Day and events in your area, at:
Kerry Kriger, Ph.D.
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director and Ecologist
Phone: (831) 621-6215
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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