Dr. Kriger is the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, the world’s leading amphibian conservation organization. He conceived Save The Frogs Day, the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action, and has given over 360 presentations on amphibian conservation in Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, 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 and Portuguese. 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.
“Dr. Kriger, Thank you for your dedication. You make the world a better place! Sincerely, Dr. Barbara Anne Kidd-Hoffmann”
On top of Flakstadting with the midnight sun, Lofoten Archipelago, Norway
Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia School of Environmental and Applied Sciences
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 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! Board Member Choti Singh
“Thank you for your leadership of this awesome organization!” — Nancy Lichtle, SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Ecotourist & Donor, California
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger conceived and directs the world’s most effective public charity dedicated exclusively to amphibians. Read on to learn about his multitude of accomplishments for the betterment of amphibians and the planet.
“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
Dr. Kriger on the slopes of Rucu Pichincha, where he led a hike during the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour.
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger first traveled to Ghana in September 2011. On that trip he co-founded SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana with amphibian biologist Gilbert Adum. In 2016, Dr. Kriger returned to Ghana to lead the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition, a 23-day journey to train volunteers and spread amphibian awareness throughout the country. This is his story of how he became an African chief.
On September 22nd, 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger took a pledge to help the environment and development of the Yawkrom community, and was inducted as chief of environment and development.
In September 2003 I flew to Australia to learn everything I could about frogs. I spent hundreds of hours walking up streams in search of frogs. I learned how to find and identify frogs by their calls and color patterns, body shape and habitat preferences. I learned molecular biology and spent hundreds of hours in the laboratory testing nearly 3,000 frogs for disease. I taught calculus, chemistry, ecology and vertebrate biology at my university and I won a large grant from the National Geographic Society to fund my research. I published original scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and received awards for presentations I gave at ecological conferences. In June 2007 I returned to the USA with a doctoral degree and a desire to put my knowledge to use for the betterment of the planet.
It’s 1:30am here in Asuncion, Paraguay. I fly to Ecuador in a few hours and since I don’t want to fall asleep and potentially miss my flight, I thought this would be a perfect time to update you on recent SAVE THE FROGS! activity and what I have been up to these four months that I’ve been in South America. First though, thank you for all your support, whether that’s been through donating, volunteering, spreading the word or just improving your own ecological footprint. SAVE THE FROGS! is successful because of the involvement of you and thousands of other frog enthusiasts around the globe.
Kevin Ruprich’s April 1st, 2009 interview with SAVE THE FROGS! Founder & Executive Director Dr. Kerry Kriger What is your favorite frog? Why is this your favorite? I like the Southern Orange-eyed Treefrog (Litoria chloris), which graces the SAVE THE FROGS! logo and is the central frog in our Frogs of Australia poster. They like to … Continue reading Interview with SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger (2009)