Frogs are an integral part of the food web
Tadpoles keep waterways clean by feeding on algae. Adult frogs eat large quantities of insects, including disease vectors that can transmit fatal illnesses to humans (i.e. mosquitoes/malaria). Frogs also serve as an important food source to a diverse array of predators, including dragonflies, fish, snakes, birds, beetles, centipedes and even monkeys. Thus, the disappearance of frog populations disturbs an intricate food web, and results in negative impacts that cascade through the ecosystem.
“Insect masses like fireworks explode.
Dengue, Malaria, West Nile Virus:
Discomfort, despair will fill your abode.
This is what your life will be without us.”
—Frog Poetry by Michael Dutton
Frogs are important in medical research that benefits humans
Frogs produce a wide array of skin secretions, many of which have significant potential to improve human health through their use as pharmaceuticals. Approximately 10% of Nobel Prizes in Physiology and Medicine have resulted from investigations that used frogs. When a frog species disappears, so does any promise it holds for improving human health.
A Member Choti Singh
Frogs have every bit as much right to exist as do we
Frogs are an integral part of our existence on this planet and have every bit as much right to exist as do we. Moreover, if we allow one-third of the world’s amphibians to disappear, we set a bad precedent: perhaps future generations will use our irresponsible actions to justify allowing another third of amphibians or a third of the birds or reptiles to disappear. We caused the problem, so it’s our responsibilityand moral duty to make the necessary sacrifices and changes to SAVE THE FROGS!
More Reasons To SAVE THE FROGS!
“You must have certain noble areas of the world left in as close-to-primal condition as possible. You must have quietness and a certain amount of solitude. You must be able to touch the living rock, drink the pure waters, scan the great vistas, sleep under the stars and awaken to the cool dawn wind. Such experiences are the heritage of all people”.
–Ansel Adams, 1961
“Many people ask ‘what does it matter if we lose a species?’. Only one species, Homo sapiens, has the capacity to eliminate other species on the planet. Unique among the animal world, we are accountable for our actions and future generations will hold us responsible. The question we should be asking ourselves is: how can we justify eliminating even a single species from this planet?”
–SAVE THE FROGS! Board Member Dr. Jean-Marc Hero; Professor of Vertebrate Ecology at Griffith University, Gold Coast Australia
“The day is coming when the rarest resource may not be oil or even water, but a place that does not smell of us.”
“If we don’t find the answers to these problems, then we are going to simply be a victim of this extinction event that we are at fault for creating.”
— Captain Paul Watson
Frog Art by Koo Ni, 17
Why Frogs? – A note from our Founder
A personal note from SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger:
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 How frogs and humans interact — Tyler et al. 2007