SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Dr. Kriger is the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, the world's leading amphibian conservation organization. He conceived and coordinates Save The Frogs Day, the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action, and has given over 280 presentations on amphibian conservation in Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, South Korea, and the USA. Dr. Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He is a recognized expert on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, a topic on which he has published 15 articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. Dr. Kriger's amphibian conservation efforts have been supported by the National Geographic Society, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Patagonia, and various philanthropic organizations throughout the world. He has previously done research on endangered Hawaiian birds, and on the biophysical properties of amino acids involved in cystic fibrosis. He has taught university courses in Ecology, Vertebrate Biology, Applied Mathematics and Chemistry, has written and edited chapters for encyclopedias, and is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Kriger has climbed mountains in the Himalayas, Alps, Alaska Range, Southern Alps and the Andes, and is an avid photographer whose photographs have been featured on CNN and in airports and magazines worldwide. He also teaches, records and performs music on a variety of instruments from around the world.
"SAVE THE FROGS! and Kerry Kriger deserve nothing but respect and appreciation for working to make our planet a better place for all; amphibians and mankind alike. Kerry, you do great things for this planet and especially amphibians. To be one little person and to make an impact, is more than most of us can ever dream to do. Good for you, and keep saving those frogs!"
-- Chris Brennan; Salamander Biologist, CT
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
School of Environmental and Applied Sciences
University of Virginia
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
"I have deep admiration for Kerry and his endeavors. He shows us all that each of us can make a difference, if we try. I consider it a privilege to contribute towards his efforts."
--SAVE THE FROGS! Volunteer Choti Singh
"Thanks so much Kerry! My life is enriched by amazing, dedicated, inspiring people like you!" -- Bailey Wagner, Ohio
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"Hi Kerry, I just wanted to thank you for all your efforts and hard work you give to amphibian conservation. I have learned a lot from you. You really are one of the few people on earth that make it a better place. Thank you so much."
In May 2014, I began studying the art of wetlands construction and restoration. To date I have helped build seven wetlands for amphibians! SAVE THE FROGS! is planning to expand our wetlands program and Re-Frog America and I look forward to learning the subtle nuances of building wetlands that attract wildlife and last for centuries.
I am a conservation biologist, and thus the goal of my research is to prevent the extinction of wildlife populations and to ensure that the Earth has healthy ecosystems. Most of my research to date has focused on chytridiomycosis, an emerging infectious disease responsible for mass mortalities, population declines and extinctions of amphibian species on five continents. At least 285 amphibian species worldwide are affected by the disease. In terms of biodiversity loss, chytridiomycosis is the worst disease ever recorded for any group of organisms. Chytridiomycosis is one of a host of emerging infectious diseases that have been rapidly spread throughout the world in recent decades by unintended anthropogenic activities. There currently exists no suitable methods for eradicating the disease from wild populations.
I investigated the degree to which Australian frog populations living at various altitudes and latitudes (and therefore various temperatures) are affected by the disease. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the fungus that causes chytridiomycosis, has been shown in laboratory experiments to reach its highest pathogenicity at low temperatures, and thus I hypothesized that infection prevalence would be greatest in frogs living at higher altitudes, and at the cooler latitudes further from the equator. Furthermore, as the chytrid fungus cannot survive desiccation, I expected infections to be more prevalent in wetter regions. Although I found that the prevalence and severity of chytrid infections do indeed increase in cool, wet regions, I found no relationship whatsoever between altitude and chytrid levels: the chytrid fungus is widespread at all altitudes in southeast Queensland. This suggests that subtropical frogs are at high risk of disease-related decline.
Other work of mine has included quantifying the effect of chytridiomycosis on the survivorship of Stony Creek Treefrogs Litoria wilcoxii in a highly infected population in Southeast Queensland; documenting the seasonal nature of the disease; and confirming the hypothesis that amphibian species with more aquatic life histories are more prone to chytrid infections. I also investigated means by which methods of diagnosing the disease can be made more accurate and cost efficient.
This information has enabled conservation managers in eastern Australia to evaluate the threat of chytridiomycosis to species in the region. It also assists scientists worldwide by allowing them to predict which species and populations are at highest risk of chytridiomycosis-related declines, and to focus monitoring and conservation efforts accordingly. In a broader context, this research provides much needed information on the ecology of emerging infectious diseases, thus strengthening our ability to manage threats to public health.
Prior to becoming involved in amphibian conservation, I conducted research on endangered Hawaiian birds, helped release captive-bred peregrine falcons into the wild in California, examined the biophysical properties of amino acids involved in cystic fibrosis, and evaluated the effectiveness of the cathodic protection along the buried sections of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, to ensure that there was no corrosion.
"I continue to wish you well with all you're doing for amphibians worldwide. Under your care, SAVE THE FROGS! becomes more amazing by the day! Thank you.
-- SAVE THE FROGS! Member Barbara Bennigson, Palo Alto, CA
I conceived and coordinate Save The Frogs Day, which I feel strongly is the single most effective tool we have for spreading the word about the plight of amphibians and inspiring people to protect them. The 5th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 27, 2013) was the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet's history, with over 270 known events in 30+ countries, directly reaching over 17,000 participants. Save The Frogs Day has been legally recognized in the States of Virginia and North Carolina, and South Carolina by Governors Tim Kaine, Bev Perdue and Nikki Haley; the District of Columbia by Mayor Adrian Fenty; the City of Vancouver, BC by Mayor Gregor Robertson; and in Santa Cruz, CA by Mayor Mike Rotkin, who attended my presentation at Monarch Community School on the 2nd Annual Save The Frogs Day. Thanks to Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal for their generous financial support of Save The Frogs Day.
"Congratulations because Save The Frogs Day has become an icon in conservation around the world!!! Thanks for such inspiring work!!!"
-- Dr. Nicolas Urbina-Cardona, Faculty of Environmental and Rural Studies, Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia
I have given over 280 presentations on amphibian conservation at schools, universities, nonprofits, businesses, zoos, museums, national parks and scientific conferences. You can view my presentation schedule here. I have presented lectures on amphibian conservation in Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, South Korea, and the USA. I have spoken at the National Geographic Society, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, Boston Museum of Science, Defenders of Wildlife Headquarters, National Wildlife Federation, Portland Audubon Society, Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Woodland Park Zoo, Town Hall Seattle, REI Corporate Headquarters, Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, University of Colorado, San Francisco State University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, Sidwell Friends School, the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and the New England Wildlife Center.
One of my favorite presentations was to the US Environmental Protection Agency, telling them why they should ban the harmful pesticide Atrazine.
Listen to my presentation here or watch the video here.
Speaking at the 7th World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouver, BC; August 13th, 2012:
Saving the frogs at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, where I ran an informational table and encouraged federal employees to contribute to SAVE THE FROGS! through the Combined Federal Campaign (STF! is CFC charity #77557):
In North Carolina:
In November 2012 I introduced 200 Mexican biologists to SAVE THE FROGS! at the Sociedad Herpetologias Mexicanas Conference in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico:
Speaking at CalPoly's Central Coast Wildlife and Career Symposium about how to pursue a career in the field of wildlife conservation (February 2013):
At the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, April 2013:
At the University of the Amazon in Florencia, Colombia, May 2013:
"Hi Kerry, I have gotten rave comments about your presentation to us on Tuesday! It was an excellent turnout. We had several people from our contaminants program, our National Coordinator for Aquatic Animal Health, plus endangered species, refuges, and many people from our Fisheries and Habitat Conservation program. We had a division chief and a college student in a career program, and your range of information from basic to technical addressed everyone's interests. Afterwards, the one-on-one discussions were great. Thank you so much for taking your time to speak to our staff!"
-- Susan Jewell, United States Fish and Wildlife Service; Arlington, VA
"Everyone who ever hears you talk is blown away. Children are especially taken with your message. Hope your summer is productive in your quest to save the frogs."
-- Cynthia Jordan, Ecology Action; Santa Cruz, CA
I am the founder of SAVE THE FROGS! Academy, the world's greatest source of free environmental conservation training. I have taught Applied Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Vertebrate Biology, Spanish, SAT Preparation and Music, as well as fire twirling and the art of opening coconuts with one's bare hands. I've also taught a few hundred thousand savethefrogs.com visitors about amphibian conservation! This is my tutoring webpage.
"Dear Dr. Kerry, Thank you very much for your wonderful work in the field of frog conservation. I am an ardent supporter of your inititative and closely following your instruction through your online classes and presentations. I would be glad to work in the frog conservation area in Nepal. I would appreciate if you suggest to me how I can be part of your movement.
Regards, Tatwa P. Timsina
Zoologist, Tribhuvan University
I founded SAVE THE FROGS! in 2008 and have been building it into one of the world's most effective social movements. Our ultimate goal is to create a full-scale environmental revolution that alters societies and cultures so that humans respect, enjoy and protect nature and wildlife. Please read The Story of SAVE THE FROGS! to find out how it all started.
"Dear Kerry, I have been a HUGE fan of SAVE THE FROGS! from the very beginning. The teaching I've learned from you, your website, and webinars have been incredibly helpful. It has been a pleasure to watch your vision of STF! start from a homegrown, passionate endeavor to spread across the world and grow."
-- Deborah Blake Dempsey
I teamed up with animator Simon Ampel to make this video for Ted-Ed (Lessons Worth Sharing).
"Thank you for your life's work. One person with vision can make a difference."
-- Elizabeth Basden
I spent five weeks in April/May 2013 giving frog presentations at schools, universities and museums throughout Colombia, and working with local biologists to create SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia, South America's first branch of SAVE THE FROGS!.
I spent 10 days in November 2010 touring South Korea, meeting with nonprofits, government officials, scientists and journalists, and visiting wetlands. I gave four presentations on amphibian conservation, and was the official representative of the USA at the "Strategies for Biodiversity and Amphibian Conservation Conference" in Seoul. This was an extremely enjoyable and productive trip. I took some great photos and wrote a story about my travels in Korea: check it out on this webpage.
Eunpyeong High School - South Korea
I spent September 2011 in Ghana, where I saw some amazing amphibians and started SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, the first international branch of SAVE THE FROGS!. Check out some of my Ghana frog photos, and learn all about SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana here.
Crossing from Ghana (right bank) to Ivory Coast (left bank):
"Kerry, Thanks! As I always put it: if I can see far it is because I am standing on the shoulders of giants. Thanks for becoming one of my giants, and in fact the number one as far as it concerns scientific communication and leadership."
-- Gilbert Adum, Co-Founder of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
"Congratulations, Kerry! So proud of you, and very grateful, too, for all you're doing to ensure the futurity of frogs and the well-being of the web of life. Deep gratitude! Bravo to Save The Frogs!"
-- Andrea Freeman
"Dear Kerry, It is a great pleasure indeed to hear from you and I must acknowledge the great work you are doing to promote amphibian conservation in Ghana and globally. I have met your legacy and footprints all over Ghana and I must immediately admit they are remarkable. Kind Regards
— David Kwart, Co-Founder, Herp Conservation Ghana"
If you like what I do for amphibians and want to ensure I have the funds to save even more frogs, please become an Official member of SAVE THE FROGS!. Thank you!
"Every once in awhile, you meet a person that inspires you with their dedication to a cause. Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder and director of SAVE THE FROGS!, is one of those inspiring people I've been lucky enough to meet."
-- Leah Jay, Author of Amphibian Love, San Jose, CA
Growing up I always wanted to have my own fashion line. Not really, but I'm happy to have one now, because SAVE THE FROGS! merchandise completely rocks! Check out our eco-friendly shirts, tote bags, wristbands, pins, coffee mugs and all kinds of other cool stuff -- with all proceeds going to SAVE THE FROGS! worldwide amphibian conservation efforts: in the SAVE THE FROGS! Gift Center and in fine stores near you.
I coordinate the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest. Between 2009 and 2013 we received 9,336 frog art entries from 66 countries: Algeria, Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the USA. Here's a piece I created:
I have over 40 freely downloadable mp3s of me discussing amphibian conservation posted on the SAVE THE FROGS! Audio Page.
"Kerry, thanks for being a great example of proactive environmental integrity."
--Anthea Barron; Editor, Creators on Creating
This 24" x 36" poster features the best frog photos that I took during my Ph.D. research. It's available in the Gift Center, and all proceeds go to SAVE THE FROGS! amphibian conservation efforts. As if that's not cool enough, you get a free bumper sticker with every poster:
One of the reasons I felt the need to start SAVE THE FROGS! is because people always asked me "why frogs?". Actually, I still get the question all the time. If people don't know frogs are cool, in trouble, and worth saving, then it will be difficult to save the frogs. This is why SAVE THE FROGS! always has a large focus on environmental education. When people ask me the question, there are two things they may be asking: (1) "What's happening to the frogs and why should we care?", for which I've created this Why Frogs page; and (2) "Why did you get interested in frogs?". Here's my answer to question #2, written in response to a young fan...
Q: "Dear Mr. Kriger, I love your website. I am positively the biggest frog lover in the world. I am eleven years old and I live in colorado. My name is Kathryn and my room is totally decorated in frog stuff. Well the reason why I am e-mailing you is because I wanted to ask you, how did your love for frogs start and why do you believe that frogs should be saved? Well it would be great if you could answer me back. Thanks. Kathryn B."
A: I actually never had any fascination with frogs when I was growing up. While in the rainforests of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula when I was 20 though, 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. A few years later I had to decide what to study for my Ph.D. research. 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. Spending four years hanging out with frogs in the rainforest 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. Since the frogs have yet to be saved, I don't see much reason to switch the focus of my environmental efforts.
"Hello Kerry, Thank you for all that you do. I admire and applaud you and all the other tireless advocates who spends so much of their time and resources helping our creatures. Sincerely, Mindy Meadows"
The internet provides an excellent framework for rapidly educating a large number of people. Check out my website design tips here, and my two other websites, IndianFluteMusic.com and KerryKriger.com.
I enjoy playing bamboo flute and drums, climbing mountains, hitch-hiking, walking up rainforest streams in the middle of the night, sitting in the shade of a palm tree on a tropical beach, hanging out at waterfalls, traveling to faraway places, Aikido, twirling glow pois and taking pictures, among other things. Please check out my music website IndianFluteMusic.com and my travel website.
-- "Distinguished Citizen" of Berriozabal, Chiapas, Mexico
-- Newt Year Honour 2012, awarded by the UK charity Froglife for The High Profile Person Representing Amphibians and Reptiles. "The award goes to conservation biologist Dr Kerry Kriger, who started the American charity Save The Frogs in 2008. Dr Kriger has initiated a global Save the Frogs day, inspiring people all over the world to celebrate, learn more about and raise funds to protect frogs and their habitats into the future."
-- Innogive Scholarship, awarded by PayPal to attend the annual Innogive Technology Conference.
--Chase Community Giving Grant 2011
--Patagonia Environmental Grant
--Democracy In Action Green Grant Award
--Scott Piper Best Student Publication Award
--Centre for Innovative Conservation Strategies Conference Travel Grant
--Queensland ‘Growing the Smart State PhD Funding Program' Grant
--Best Oral Presentation on an Ecological Management and Restoration Topic at the Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and Ecological Society of Australia
--Herpetologists’ League Robert G. Jaeger Award for Graduate Research – Finalist
--Australian Society of Herpetologists Conference Travel Grant
--Peter Rankin Trust Fund for Herpetology Research Grant
--Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates Conference Travel Grant
--Ecological Society of Australia Student Research Grant
--Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates Conference Travel Grant
--Eppley Foundation for Research Fellowship
--National Geographic Society -- Committee for Research and Exploration Grant
--Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates Scholarship
--Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates Conference Travel Grant
--Australian Society of Herpetologists Student Research Grant
--Northern Virginia Community College Presidential Scholar Award
Davidson, C., Williamson, C.E., Vincent, K., Simonich, S.M., Yip, K.S., Hero, J.-M., and Kriger, K.M. (2013) Anuran population declines occur on an elevational gradient
in the western hemisphere. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 8(3):503-518
Islam, M.N., Shaikat, A.H., Khan, S.A., Hassan, M.M., Kriger, K.M. (2010) Concern over destroying frog habitat on the occasion of Save The Frogs Day in Bangladesh. FrogLog 20(3):28
Kriger, K. M. (2010) Why we must save the frogs. In Brandon Ballengée's Malamp, The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians. Triscott, N. & Pope, M. (eds.). Arts Catalyst, London and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, England, pp. 28-31
Murray, K., Retallick, R., McDonald, K., Mendez, D., Aplin, K., Kirkpatrick, P., Berger, L., Hunter, D., Hines, H., Campbell, C., Pauza, M., Driessen, M., Speare, R., Richards, S., Mahony, M., Freeman, A., Phillott, A., Hero, J.-M., Kriger, K., Driscoll, D., Felton, A., Puschendorf, R., Skerratt, L. (2010) The distribution and host range of the pandemic disease chytridiomycosis in Australia, spanning surveys from 1956–2007.
Ecology 91(5):1557-1558. Ecological Archives E091-108.
Kriger, K. M. (2009) Lack of evidence for the drought-linked chytridiomycosis hypothesis. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45(2):537-541
Kriger, K.M. and Hero, J.-M. (2009) Chytridiomycosis, amphibian extinctions, and lessons for the prevention of future panzootics. EcoHealth 6(1):148-151 Supporting Online Materials here.
Kriger, K. M. (2008) SAVE THE FROGS! Nonprofit Organization: the future of amphibian conservation. Phyllomedusa 7(2):151
Kriger, K.M. and Hero, J.-M. (2008) Altitudinal distribution of chytrid (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) infection in subtropical Australian frogs. Austral Ecology 33(8):1022-1032
Hero, J.-M. and Kriger, K.M. (2008) Threats to amphibians in tropical regions. Encyclopedia of Life Support Services (EOLSS): Tropical Zoology. Developed under the auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK.
Van Sluys, M., Kriger, K.M., Phillott, A.D., Campbell, R., Skerratt, L.F. and Hero, J.-M. (2008) Storage of samples at high temperatures reduces the amount of amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) DNA detectable by PCR assay. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 81:93-97
Kriger, K.M., Pereoglou, F. and Hero, J.-M. (2007) Latitudinal variation in the prevalence and intensity of chytrid (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) infection in Eastern Australia. Conservation Biology 21(5):1280-1290 (Winner of the Scott Piper Best Student Publication Award)
Kriger, K.M. and Hero, J.-M. (2007) Large-scale seasonal variation in the prevalence and severity of chytridiomycosis. Journal of Zoology 271:352-359 (Journal of Zoology's most cited paper in 2007/2008)
Kriger, K.M. and Hero, J.-M. (2007) The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is non-randomly distributed across amphibian breeding habitats. Diversity and Distributions 13:781-788
Kriger, K.M., Ashton, K.J., Hines, H.B. and Hero, J.-M. (2007) On the biological relevance of a single Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis zoospore: a reply to Smith (2007). Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 73:257-260
Hyatt, A.D., Boyle, D.G., Olsen, V., Boyle, D.B., Berger, L., Obendorf, D., Dalton, A., Campbell, R., Kriger, K.M., Hero, J.-M., Hines, H., Phillott, R., Campbell, R., Gleason, F., Colling, A. (2007) Diagnostic assays and sampling protocols for the detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 73:175-192 ‘Feature Article’
Kriger, K.M. (2007) The ecology of chytridiomycosis in eastern Australia. Ph.D. Thesis. Griffith University. 200 pages.
Kriger, K.M., Hines, H.B., Hyatt, A.D., Boyle, D.G. and Hero, J.-M. (2006) Techniques for detecting chytridiomycosis in wild frogs: comparing histology with real-time Taqman PCR. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 71:141-148
Kriger, K.M., Hero, J.-M. and Ashton, K.J. (2006) Cost efficiency in the detection of chytridiomycosis using PCR assay. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 71:149-154
Kriger, K.M. and Hero, J.-M. (2006) Survivorship in wild frogs infected with chytridiomycosis. EcoHealth 3:171-177
Kriger, K.M. and Hero, J.-M. (2006) Cophixalus ornatus (Ornate Nursery Frog). Chytridiomycosis. Herpetological Review 37(4):443
Braiman, M.S., Briercheck, D.M. and Kriger, K.M. (1999) Modeling vibrational spectra of amino acid side chains in proteins: effects of protonation state, counterion, and solvent on arginine C-N stretch frequencies. Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 103(22):4744-4750
Kriger, K.M. (1996) An analysis of the molecular vibrations of ethylguanidinium halides. Undergraduate Thesis. University of Virginia.
At the San Francisco Green Festival
"Yay, Kerry!!!!! This is such a great educational website. We are proud to support it and help this most critical cause of our time continue to gain momentum. Thank you for your indomitable spirit and hard work."
-- Kay Cookerly
"Dear Kerry, It is you who deserves the thanks for your vision, hard work and self-sacrificing. You're an inspiration not only to us old folks, but to the coming generations. There's no doubt that you will long be remembered and what a legacy!
Hugs and Ribbits." -- Joy Cogan
"He just had them all totally engaged. He had great slides and a great rapport with these kids, talking about why frogs matter. I know that he's a serious scientist, but I'm equally impressed with people when they can keep an auditorium full of kids engaged."
--Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin on my Save The Frogs Day presentation at Monarch Community School, April 30th, 2010
"Kerry, working with STF! has changed my life...thank you for this opportunity."
--Michael Starkey, SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member
"Hi Kerry, Happy New Year to you and thank you very much for all you are doing on behalf of frogs. Everyone loves to stand around wringing their hands over the worldwide decline in amphibians, but few actually do anything. It's refreshing to see someone with the knowledge, commitment and the courage to actually DO SOMETHING about this global crisis. Everyone, including me, is indebted to you!"
--George Bates, DVM; Professor, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA
"Keep up the amazing work Kerry! I have nothing but respect for what your doing!"
--The Snake Man, Matt Ellerbeck
"Dear Dr. Kriger,
Like you, I am a great admirer of frogs. I spent much of my youth catching them and letting them go. They were always good company. Some frogs were better company than some humans. I share your concern and I admire your dedication.
All best wishes,
Steve Rubenstein, Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle"
"G'day Kerry, My name is Boyd but my mates call me Bones. I did Save The Frogs Day at the University of Queensland Gatton campus with Rebecca Diete for two years. Just wanted to say thanks for all the work you are doing. There are some amazing people in the world, and you Sir are one of them. Keep up the awesome work. Bones"
"Hi Dr. Kriger! I'm majoring in biology with specialization in ecology and conservation biology, and I'm planning on being a frog biologist one day. Thank you so much for all the work you do! It's such an important cause, and I tell everyone I know about Save The Frogs."
--Becca Weir, Boston University
"Wow, Kerry. What a wonderful thing you are doing. Thank you for what you are doing for frogs and for the planet."
--Lee Morgan, University of Virginia
Singleness of purpose is perhaps the most powerful use of our will. I am so grateful that you have dedicated your time, energy and resources to this most worthy cause. You are amazing and we are glad to support your great work saving frogs.
Love to you,
Renee McKenna, MA, CCH"
"Hi there Kerry! As soon as I found your exciting SAVE THE FROGS! site, I joined up. I wish you and all your members every success with growing stronger and especially for your annual Save The Frogs Day this coming Saturday. I applaud you and am pleased to now be a member of STF. Thank you very much for showing such integrity. And thank you for giving us all hope, too. Cheers and best wishes."
-- Liz Koegel, London, UK
"I have tremendous admiration for your extraordinary effort, determination and success."
-- John Poynton, Professor & Amphibian Biologist, United Kingdom
"Dear Dr. Kriger, Thank you for your important work to save our frogs! As a school librarian at an elementary school, I was delighted to come across your website, and held a schoolwide art contest patterned after yours. The contest truly raised awareness among my students, and I know some of these kids will now have a greater respect for frogs and animals as a result."
-- Kelly Posey, San Marcos, TX
"Congratulations to you Kerry. Look at all one man can do when he sets his sights on an important mission. Hopefully frogs will go viral, and start a huge revolution on this earth to take care of it and all life."
-- Margot Fass, Artist, New York City
"Hi Kerry, your website and your work look outstanding. You are the hero for many in this area."
--Annette Tanner, Western Canada Wilderness Committee
"Thank you for your outstanding efforts. I appreciate it and future generations and frogs do too."
"Dear Kerry, Thank you for doing all that you do. I'm grateful that you are fighting for frogs and for us! You are a hero. Best wishes and Happy Valentines Day, from one of your many admirers."
-- Liz York, New York City
"Dr. Kerry Kriger is an American HERO! Thank you for your passionate presentation and your ongoing work to stop the insanity you clearly help us understand."
-- 888gulfstream (YouTube user ID)
"Dear Dr. Kriger, I have visited the Save The Frogs website too many times to count, and have used several of your own publications in my research paper. A lot of the work you are doing has become such an inspiration to me in my own work, both research and promoting amphibian conservation among my peers. I found out that my school is still doing frog dissections and I am drafting a letter against it to the department head and hoping that goes well."
-- Emily Boivin, Ithaca College, NY
"Dear Dr. Kriger, My name is Jenna and I am 10 years old. I want to be a herpetologist and study frogs when I grow up. Thank you for making SaveTheFrogs.com, it's awesome. I have loved frogs pretty much my whole life so I am extremely glad other people care about frogs too. I am really jealous you got to go to so many different places and see different frogs. I hope to join you on an expedition some day. I am so excited to be a member. Yay! I also want to start a Save The Frogs chapter at my middle school this year. If you have any tips please let me know because I have no idea where to start. Frogs forever, Jenna"
-- Jenna Ward, Student Member
"Dr. Kriger, Many thanks for your very well done article on the amphibian population in the February 2012 issue [No. 17] of 'Living Better'. As someone who loves frogs but is a non-scientist in the animal and environmental realm, I truly appreciate the ease with which you write and de-code complicated information for the lay person. Indeed, there appear to be many more reasons than I would have thought that are causing the seemingly serious de-population of many amphibian species. Thanks for taking the time to help make this topic relevant. If you're ever in Richmond, Virginia giving a lecture, please let me know. I'll be sure to attend. In good health, Brian J. Anderson, M.S."
"You are a very talented man, and I am impressed with your many academic accomplishments, your many interesting hobbies like playing the bamboo flute, climbing mountains, and designing web sites, plus your many academic publications. I am glad to be part of this very unusual choice of a public charity, and I am learning alot from your newsletters. Thank you for all of your efforts to save amphibians.
-- Diane M. Kastel; Wheaton, IL
"Kerry, You've grown Save The Frogs into a remarkable international effort in an astoundingly short period of time. It's been a pleasure and an inspiration to watch and one the world truly needs."
-- Patricia Matejcek; Santa Cruz, CA
"You have really built this up to be an INCREDIBLE ORGANIZATION in a very short time. Congratulations, Kerry!"
-- Keith Theisen
"The world and its animals and people are lucky to have you, Kerry. Thank you for all have done and all you are doing."
-- Michael McLeod, Seattle
Congratulations on your persistent consistency! Keep up the amazing work. Warm regards.
-- Dinesh, Goa, India"
"Love your mission. Keep up the fine work, the world needs more people like you and your staff. I love that you educate children, a brilliant man you are :) "
-- Nichole DiAVonti
"I am so grateful you do this work and feel so inspired to help! I woke up from a dream this morning about saving frogs! Career change maybe? Anyway you rock! The frogs and our planet thank you for all your hard and passionate work!"
--SJ Pahlow, Pocatello, ID
"Thanks so much, Dr Kriger. As young conservationists ourselves (with a specialization in wild cats) we very much appreciate your efforts to protect these beautiful and imperiled amphibians. Dr Kriger, the world thanks you for your efforts, and, as a couple, we'd like to wish you the very best throughout 2015 and beyond.
Sincerely, Brad & Julia Parsk"
"Es fantástico conocer personas que realizan grandes trabajos con el fin de cuidar este hermoso mundo. Su labor es muy importante así que gracias."
-- Luis Felipe Artunduaga Cenon, Universidad de la Amazonia, Florencia, Colombia
"Congratulations on all the work you have been doing
with and for the frogs. I am blown away every time I look at your site."
-- Lorri Cramer; Head of Rehabilitation, New York Turtle & Tortoise Society
"Dear Kerry Kriger,
Originally I wanted to thank you for all you have done to save amphibians, but in writing this letter I realized that you have impacted my life on a much more personal level. When I was 7 my favorite animals were frogs. I had pictures of frogs pasted all over my room and my favorite thing to do was to go to my grandparents' house and look for rough skinned newts on a hiking trail there. That's why when I heard about SAVE THE FROGS! and the problems amphibians were facing I was really upset. I cried for hours, cursing big companies for being so careless about the environment. After that day I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. I set a life goal to become a herpetologist. In the following years I did everything I could to help my favorite animal. With my family's support I started a lemonade stand to raise money that I would donate to your website. I also made posters to put up around my school, started a club and spread the word about the problems frogs faced, to everyone I met. By the time I was 9, I had donated over $400 from fundraisers, selling lemonade and giving away my own money, yet I was not satisfied. I still wanted to be a herpetologist, but I knew it would not be easy. That's why, along with the occasional donation, I started to focus on school, striving for good grades to prepare for high school. Nowadays, I'm still a normal teen. I hang out with friends, and play video games and sports, but unlike most 7th graders, I have a life goal: a dream that inspires me to try my hardest in school and help the environment. I dream that no matter where life takes me, it has taught me to work hard and never give up. A dream you gave me. Which is why, besides all you do to save the frogs, I want to thank you making me a better person, and if all goes well, maybe someday, I will join you as a real herpetologist.
Adam Clayton, Oregon"
"Hi Dr. Kriger. I love your website. I also love frogs. Your absolute passion for frogs and life won me over. I've enclosed a check for membership. I'm so impressed by you and Save The Frogs I'm committing to donate $20 a month!"
-- Phyllis Chavez, Santa Monica, CA
"Hi there Kerry, I wanted to thank you for your colourful and enthusiastic Save The Frogs initiative. It has helped to spearhead a few of my own Anuran conservation efforts, and is generally a good tool to help people begin to get an understanding of the issues influencing amphibians. Kudos to bringing light and love to the issue!"
Best wishes, Kasia Zgurzynski
"You and my Tommy are so very much alike in your love of art and music and nature and making changes in the way things are done for the benefit of all. I hope he can grow up to be just like you. Thank you for persevering and being an important person and role model for all of us."
-- Susie from Sacramento
"Dear Dr. Kerry Kriger, I myself am an 11 year-old who has a dream of becoming a future herpetologist. Ever since I was little, I have had a fascination for frogs and other amphibians. You not only have inspired me as a fellow scientist to try to become a herpetologist, but also have made me more aware of the animals and the world around me. I hope later your inspiration will pay off! Thank you, once again, to the man who has inspired me to do what I will later do and to what I have done."
"Dr. Kriger, Thank you for all of your love and passion for amphibian conservation. My students felt empowered after your skype session and have been talking about how they can be more conscious of amphibian conservation as well as other environmental issues. SAVE THE FROGS! is a very unique organization. The dedication that you and your staff make to get information out to people inspires others to get involved. I feel like I stumbled on an educational gold mine. Please accept my school's modest donation from the proceeds of our "freaky frog" calendars. They were a labor of love! Regards, Kara"
--Kara Snyder, 3rd Grade Teacher, Discovery Charter School
"Kerry, I have a great admiration for you and your work. I think you're putting an amazing effort to doing what you can to ensure the security of these wonderful creatures. I've been wanting to be a member for a long time and I'm honored to be a part of such an amazing cause."
--Ori Mayer, Israel
"Kerry, You are such a great model of how ONE person can make a difference. I know you have a little help, but you are truly an inspiration. I believe if we can save the frogs, we can save the planet. I hope we can meet you in person some day. Our very best wishes to you."
"Dear Dr. Kerry Kriger, Thanks for your hard work saving frogs around the world, I have been following all your actions and I'm very impressed and happy to know there are people preserving these jewels of nature. I'm from Costa Rica and have my own Frog Garden with around 34 different Frog species. I am currently running a frog watching tour to see these wonderful creatures in the wild. Also we had made few educational projects with children from local schools and people from the neighborhood, to inculcate them with a love for nature and make them preserve nature. You can see more info in www.frogsanctuary.com or in www.arenaloasis.com. I am now wondering if there is anything we can do to bring SAVE THE FROGS! to Costa Rica. We need a lot of help to educate children in our country. Best regards, José Andrés Rojas Bonilla"
"Es fantástico conocer personas que realizan grandes trabajos con el fin de cuidar este hermoso mundo. Su labor es muy importante así que gracias."
--Luis Felipe Artunduaga Cenon; Biologist. Florencia, Caqueta, Colombia
"People like you inspire me to be the best conservationist I can be."
-- Grace Kline
"Thank you again for coming to my school, Kerry. You saw how the kids loved it. Two boys came up to me yesterday and told me they want to be frog scientists."
-- Virginia Haddad, Sea View Elementary School, Salton City, California
"Hi Mr. Kriger, I want to personally express my appreciation to you for the good job you are doing to save humanity and more importantly our environment. I have now an in-depth knowledge about our activities that have the potential to affect other lives around us. I would be glad to play any advocacy role in championing the cause of safe environmental practices that will not endanger any species on planet earth. It takes people like you and your partners to awaken in us the very existence of our being and the crucial role other species play to make our lives worth living. Although I have not yet registered as a member of the Ghana branch of Save The Frogs International, I can proudly say I am a member already! I wish you safe journey every where you go. Once again, congratulations. Sincerely yours."
-- Christopher Yaw Dumevi -- Department of Silviculture and Forest Management, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
"Kerry, Thank you very much for making the effort to reach our students at Troy High School. You had such great information to share and with such enthusiasm. I hope we can have some students take another step in writing a letter or supporting your organization. I will do my best to spread the word through my teaching of Biology and AP Environmental Science."
-- Sara Velarde
"Hi there Kerry, I wanted to thank you for your colourful and enthusiastic Save The Frogs initiative. It has helped to spearhead a few of my own anuran conservation efforts, and is generally a good tool to help people begin to get an understanding of the issues influencing amphibians. Kudos to bringing light and love to the issue!
-- Kasia Zgurzynski
"I am very pleased to announce that the prolonged process of awarding
the inaugural Scott Piper Best Student Publication for 2007 Award has
finally been completed. I looked at all of the papers before opening the file with the
rankings. They are all very good, but the one on Latitudinal Variation
in Chytrid infection seemed to me to deserve special mention. It
addresses an important question, reports a huge amount of field work
conducted and analysed very rigorously, and its findings make an
important contribution to conservation biology, with messages for
amphibian workers elsewhere as well. I note that three of the four
assessors also ranked that paper first, while the fourth ranked it
second, so I think Kriger, Pereoglou & Hero 2007 emerges as the
winning paper. We can, therefore, announce that the winner is Kerry Kriger for his paper Latitudinal variation in the prevalence and intensity of chytrid (Batrachochytridium dendrobatidis) infection in eastern Australia. Finally, congratulations to all for such excellence in science."
--Dr. Gordon Grigg, Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University of Queensland - Brisbane, Australia
With US Congressman Sam Farr:
With Avalon Theisen in Santa Cruz:
Avalon holds Save The Frogs Day events in Tampa, and is the winner of our Nate The Newt Award for Amphibian Conservation, as well as the Gloria Barron Environment Prize and the International Eco-Hero Award!
In June 2013, former CIA operative Charles Faddis of AND Magazine interviewed me about frog conservation. You can watch the video here.
Message from Fabien Walenne:
Me twirling glowpois in official SAVE THE FROGS! colors:
Hiking near Mt Baker, North Cascades, WA on the way to the 7th World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouver, BC:
In the Squamish Valley, British Columbia, looking for Northern Red-Legged Frogs:
On November 9th, 2012, the Mayor of Berriozabal, Chiapas, Mexico awarded me "Distinguished Citizen" of his town. Two hundred kids, many with frog posters they had created, attended the ceremony.
In Papua New Guinea:
Michael Short took this photo that appeared in the April 12, 2014 San Francisco Chronicle:
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