The Golden Toad – Lost But Not Forgotten

All amphibian biologists and frog-lovers alike remember and appreciate the beautiful golden toad of Costa Rica. It is important to take a moment to celebrate this amazing amphibian and reflect on the many other amphibian species that have gone extinct in recent decades. Their loss reminds us to keep working harder and smarter in order to stop the amphibian extinction crisis. Although the golden toad is gone forever, we can work together to save other endangered amphibians.

Please spread the word about the amphibian extinction crisis, donate today to contribute to our conservation efforts and join a future SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour to visit the majestic forest where the golden toad once thrived. Thank you for your support!

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Golden Toad art, created by FLOAT.

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An Amphibious Omen My First Night In Brazil

Ola from Belo Horizonte, Brazil!

I arrived last night in Brazil and I met such an amazing toad that I decided to send you photos right away and tell you why I am in Brazil.

Brazil is home to 1,036 known amphibian species — 14% of the world’s amphibian biodiversity! That’s more than any other country on the planet. Brazil is also home to the Atlantic Rainforest and the majority of the Amazon Basin — both threatened by rampant environmental destruction. And Brazil has many amphibian biologists interested in SAVE THE FROGS! and our methods of translating science into concrete actions for the betterment of amphibians and humans. So Brazil is an extremely important place for amphibian conservation and for launching SAVE THE FROGS! activities.

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I found my first amphibian within one minute of stepping outside my very first night in the country! Could it be an omen that I will find and save many frogs while here in Brazil? I hope so! This beautiful toad is Rhinella icterica, whose indigenous name is Cururu, which refers to its melodious call.

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Frog Research In The Remote Himalayas Of Nepal

Protecting the beautiful stream frogs of Manaslu in Nepal’s remote Himalayas

SAVE THE FROGS! thanks our generous donors who helped us raise $1,700 to fund a frog conservation initiative in the remote Himalayas of Nepal. SAVE THE FROGS! Task Force Member Biraj Shrestha returned to the Manaslu Conservation Area in March 2017 for a three week research expedition into some of the world’s most dangerous montane amphibian habitats. The “SAVE MANASLU’S FROGS! Research Expedition” was the first expedition of its kind. Further down this page, you can read about the specifics of the expedition, learn about Manaslu’s frog species and meet the expedition team members.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Hang Out Reaches Sixteen Countries

On Saturday, December 10th, SAVE THE FROGS! held an online six-hour frog saving experience called the SAVE THE FROGS! Hang Out. We invited our supporters, members and the general public to an online webinar where our team of amphibian biologists answered questions about amphibian ecology, conservation and about our global frog saving programs. We also … Continue reading SAVE THE FROGS! Hang Out Reaches Sixteen Countries

Why The Giant Squeaker Frog Is “Giant”

Frogs in the genus Arthroleptis are often referred to as “squeakers.” This is because of the distinctive high pitched call they make. They are usually small — about the size of a baby’s thumb — with the smallest squeaker measuring merely 15mm in length. The Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua) measures up to 50mm, making it the largest squeaker in all of West Africa. As it is about three times the size of the smallest squeaker it must be nothing less than a GIANT!

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Introducing the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog

The strawberry poison dart frog, Oophaga pumilio, has an extraordinary reproductive strategy. Females lay their eggs in leaf-litter or on plants on the rainforest floor. When the tadpoles hatch, one of the parents will coax them to climb onto their back. Then the parent frog transports the tadpoles to small pockets of water in bromeliads or other vegetation, often high in the trees. That is like if you carried a human baby to the top of the Empire State Building!

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Fire Threatens the Survival of the Critically Endangered Giant Squeaker Frog

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With less than a week before the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition, our team around the world has been busy preparing for our rigorous frog-saving campaigns in West Africa. To our dismay, we received terrible news last night from our friends in Ghana.

While suffering from malaria, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum reported to us that a fire has devastated much of the Sui forest, which is the last known location of the critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog, Arthroleptis krokosua.

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