Save The Frogs Day 2017 at the PUC Minas Museum of Natural Sciences

On April 29th, 2017, at the Museum of Natural Sciences, we organized a herpetology workshop in support to the project SAVE THE FROGS!. At this workshop, we highlighted the importance of the preservation of this group, considering that it is the most threatened for extinction among vertebrate animals. We demystified several popular myths related to these animals. Many people are unfortunately repulsed by these animals, and this workshop stimulated both the knowledge about amphibians and the respect that we must build, given the ecological importance of these animals.

No dia 29 de abril, no Museu de Ciências Naturais da PUC Minas, realizamos uma oficina de herpetologia em apoio ao projeto SAVE THE FROGS!. Nessa oficina, destacamos a importância da preservação desse grupo, tendo em vista que é o mais ameaçado de extinção dentre os vertebrados, além da desmistificação de diversos mitos populares relacionados á esses animais. É perceptível que diversas pessoas possuem repulsa desses animas, e a realização da oficina estimula tanto o conhecimento sobre os mesmos quanto ao respeito que todos devemos construir, tendo em vista a importância ecológica desses animais.

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Luiz Paulino and Jordane Andrade educated museum visitors about amphibians on the 9th Annual Save The Frogs Day.

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Save 500 Dollars On Your Ecuador Ecotour

Great news: you can save $500 on your June 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour! Join us June 8th to 20th, 2017 and enjoy exploring the tropical rainforest with amphibian experts and a group of like-minded wildlife enthusiasts; hiking up streams in search of frogs; enjoying mountain breezes; swimming in freshwater pools; eating exotic cuisine and immersing herself in the local culture.

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Read more: Save 500 Dollars On Your Ecuador Ecotour

Frogging Santuário do Caraça

About a hundred kilometers east of Belo Horizonte (the capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil) is Santuário do Caraça, an 11,233 hectare reserve in the Serra do Espinhaço, the longest mountain range in Brazil. The reserve contains large tracts of Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Rainforest), as well as Cerrado (a drier ecosystem common to inland Brazil south of the Amazon rainforest). In April 2017 I spent three days exploring the reserve. My first night I began my search for frogs at the pond near the main lodging area. It was a cool night and the rainy season had recently ended, so there was only one frog calling. Fortunately I was able to make eye contact with a bright yellow frog (Ololygon luizotavioi) perched high on a leaf.

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A beautiful Ololygon luizotavioi

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Biraj Shrestha Wins Award To Travel From Nepal To The United Kingdom

Dear Frog Lovers,
Greetings from the Himalayas! It gives me great pleasure to share with you that I have won a Future Leader of Conservation Award and will be participating in the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS) to be held at Canterbury, UK this year from June 23-26. The award funds my travel expenses from Nepal. This will be my second time leaving Nepal (my first international trip was to Indonesia). I will be giving an oral presentation at the conference entitled “Saving Stream Dwelling Frogs (Paha) in the remote mountains of Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepal”.

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The Budhi Gandaki River in Manaslu, Nepal

Read more: Biraj Shrestha Wins Award To Travel From Nepal To The United Kingdom

Amphibian Research Assistant Positions In Kumasi, Ghana

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana seeks three undergraduate research assistants to assist in the collection of vital data on the biology and ecology of amphibians, as part of its Wewe River Amphibian Project (K-WRAP). The project is in collaboration with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Wildlife Department, and is funded by the UK-based Rufford Foundation. The project goes from June 2017 to April 2018. This is a volunteer position in which SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will cover the successful applicant's project expenses. Collected data will also form part of successful applicants’ undergraduate thesis. Prior to taking up the position, a three-month training will be given on amphibian monitoring protocols including taxonomy, systematics and data collection.

Deadline for submission of application documents (refer to ‘How to apply’ section below) is 9th June 2017.

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Frog researchers from the SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST chapter.

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Save The Frogs Day 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil

Brazil is home to at least 1,036 known amphibian species -- more than any other country. At least 15 species have gone extinct in recent decades; our goal this Save The Frogs Day is to educate the local community about amphibians so that we can prevent further extinctions.

Under the banner of SAVE THE FROGS! Brazil, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger along with Professor Felipe Toledo and 13 undergraduate and graduate students from the Amphibians Natural History Lab at the State University of Campinas in São Paulo will spend April 26th through 29th educating schoolchildren, university students, and community members about the importance of amphibians and ways to protect them.

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The Save The Frogs Day team in Campinas, Sao Paulo in the midst of educating 430+ primary school students on April 26th, 2017.

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Nepal: Save The Frogs Day Video Message From Dr. Kerry Kriger

At the request of SAVE THE FROGS! Task Force Member Biraj Shrestha, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger recorded a 12-minute video message to be shown at the Save The Frogs Day 2017 event Biraj is organizing in Nepal with the Resources Himalaya Foundation.

Watch the video here:

Read more: Nepal: Save The Frogs Day Video Message From Dr. Kerry Kriger

Bullfrog Prohibition: Save The Frogs Official Comment To CA Fish & Game Commission

In late 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! and the Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition to the California Fish & Game Commission (FGC) calling on the state to list American Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana; Lithobates catesbeianus) as a prohibited species. Our petition is being considered at the FGC's April 26, 2017 meeting in Van Nuys, CA (please attend and speak if you are able, at Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys, CA).

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife has published documents detailing the extensive harms caused by non-native bullfrogs, yet each year they issue permits for the importation of over 2,000,000 live bullfrogs into the state. Many of these bullfrogs escape or are purposely set free and then establish populations. The bullfrogs eat native amphibians, compete with them for breeding habitat and food, and spread diseases such as chytridiomycosis.

On April 21st, 2017, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger submitted this official comment to the FGC on behalf of SAVE THE FROGS! and our supporters, urging the FGC to list American Bullfrogs as a prohibited species in the state of California.

You can email the California Fish and Game Commission at: fgc@fgc.ca.gov

"Live importation of American Bullfrogs presents a direct risk to California's wildlife…definitely it's a pathway for wildlife diseases."
-- Stafford Lehr, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Branch Chief of Inland and Anadromous Fisheries, February 12th, 2015

"This animal (the American Bullfrog) is a threat to California's native species. Our own report now demonstrates that's true."
-- California Fish & Game Commissioner Richard Rogers, February 12th, 2015

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Learn more about bullfrogs at: www.savethefrogs.com/bullfrogs

Dear Chair and Members of the Commission:
Endangered Habitats League (EHL) most strongly supports this petition.  For your reference, EHL is Southern California’s only regional conservation group and a long-standing participants in habitat plans in San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.

As we review management plans and biological reports, we are over and over again struck by the immense harm to natural systems and species wrought by the introduced American bullfrog.  This invasive species has had widespread and devastating effects on an ecosystem unadapted to it.  Eradication programs are expensive and only a preventive approach makes sense.  It is long past time to add the bullfrog to the restricted species list and to contain the damage and the financial cost of the American bullfrog.

Thank you for considering our views.
Yours truly,
Dan Silver, Executive Director
Endangered Habitats League
April 22, 2017
RE:  Petition #2016-030 to add American bullfrog to list of restricted species (Item 17(A)I, April 26, 2017)

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"Dear Dr. Kriger,
As a result of rivers flooding in the winter, never-before-seen bullfrogs made their way to the creek on Old Sonoma Road in south Napa, next to the Ridgeview School. Since then, ALL the tree frogs and red-legged frogs in that area have DISAPPEARED. I am talking about hundreds of tree frogs who used to populate the area, as well as families of red-legged frogs. Twenty years ago, the town of south Napa was full of these frogs. Now, nothing.

Unless the county of Napa Valley and other northern California towns are prepared for the extinction of all tree frogs and red-legged frogs, the importation of bull frogs must cease immediately. Had this been dealt with back in the 1990s when it began in earnest, there would never have been such a complete wipe-out of these native frogs. I love bullfrogs in their native habitat. However, importing these bullfrogs affects the balance of nature, in favor of the bullfrogs.
Cordially,
Louise Salant"

Protecting 5,000 hectares of critical frog habitat in Ghana

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is in the process of securing funding for the protection of 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres) of critical frog habitat in the Sui Forest area of western Ghana. The Sui Forest and the approximately 30 amphibian species that call Sui home are subject to four major threats: logging, alien species invasion, farming and wildfires.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder Gilbert Adum surveying a pond on a logging road in the Sui Forest during the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition. Gilbert is the first amphibian biologist to survey the Sui region; he began his efforts there in 2008.

The unsustainable logging practices of timber companies, coupled with widespread illegal logging activities by local people have degraded and fragmented the forest. There are also several pockets of illegal and legal farms within critical habitat areas. Both the farming and logging have facilitated the invasion of Chromolaena odorata, a non-native plant species that is a major threat to biodiversity throughout the tropics. The invasive alien plant C. odorata forms dense thickets that impede the frogs’ dispersal; it also releases chemicals into the soil that prevent the growth of native plants. Additionally, C. odorata depletes the density of leaf-litter that leaf-litter frogs utilize for predator escape, breeding activities and protection from desiccation. The occurrence of C. odorata also makes the forest more susceptible to wildfires. Combined with the burning of trees by honey collectors to smoke out bees, forest fires in the Sui area have become increasingly common; for instance in 2016, wildfires destroyed large parts of Sui Forest and Krokosua Hills Forest Reserve, the original home of the Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua). The fires destroyed at least 5,000 native trees that we had previously planted to restore critical frog habitat. 

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Members of the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition surveying a stream in the Sui Forest that is home to amphibians that were unknown to science until SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana biologists discovered them in mid-2016. The stream is under severe threat from nearby logging and the erosion it causes.

To ensure the long-term survival of the regions amphibian species, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has initiated efforts to:
(1) Improve our knowledge of the distribution of amphibian species in the Sui Forest; SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is the only organization that has conducted research in the Sui Forest area, and we are still finding new amphibian populations.
(2) Survey landowners and community leaders to determine current land ownership, historical land prices and leasing opportunities. Land in the area is not available for sale, but is available for long-term lease.
(3) Research and apply for funding from non-profit organizations and foundations that fund land acquisition.

I personally do appreciate your great works for mankind and the natural environment and I believe together we can build a better future for mankind, and a formidable protected habitat for frogs and other amphibians worldwide.
- N. Aidoo, Ghana

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Look at that beautiful webbing!

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's efforts in the Sui region are primarily aimed at the following amphibian species, which are under a significant degree of threat due to their small population sizes and the above-mentioned threats to their habitat:

  • Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua). This is one of the world's rarest frogs, with extant population estimated to be 30 total individuals. All known surviving populations are restricted to the proposed Sanctuary.
  • Ringed River Frog (Phrynobatrachus annulatus, Endangered)
  • Yapo River Frog (P. villiersi, Vulnerable)
  • Ivory Coast Frog (Amnirana occidentalis, Endangered)
  • A recently discovered Slippery Frog (Conraua) species whose population estimate is 20 total individuals, with all known individuals restricted to a 1km section of a single stream threatened by logging, farming and potential mining.
  • A recently discovered Phrynobatrachus species known from only a single record.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana funding comes almost exclusively from international sources, including frog enthusiasts like YOU who support our efforts. To donate to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, simply place a donation at www.savethefrogs.com/donate and then email contact@savethefrogs.com asking us to direct your donations to our efforts in Ghana. Thank you for your support!

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A lesson in aerodynamics and a beneficiary of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's efforts to protect the incredible amphibian fauna of Ghana's Sui Forest.

Calling All Californians: Bullfrog Action Required in Van Nuys, CA April 26th, 2017

SAVE THE FROGS! has been working with governmental and nonprofit partners since 2010 to reduce the number of invasive species entering the USA. One of the species we have worked hardest on is the American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana or Lithobates catesbeianus). While we love bullfrogs in their native habitat, their invasion of the American West has caused an array of negative impacts on native (and frequently threatened and endangered) amphibians.

California politicians have been permitting the importations of over two million bullfrogs annually, which causes unnecessary harm to California's native amphibians, as the bullfrogs prey on native frogs, compete with them for food and breeding habitats, and spread infectious diseases. SAVE THE FROGS! helped create new bullfrog policies in the City and County of Santa Cruz, California in 2012, and we have been urging the State of California to ban importation and sales of bullfrogs for the past seven years.

Thankfully, our frog-loving friends and attorneys at the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) have recently stepped up and taken on this issue as well. CBD and STF! co-authored and submitted a petition in 2016 calling on the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) to list American Bullfrogs as a prohibited species in the state. Our petition is being considered at the FGC's April 26, 2017 meeting in Van Nuys, CA (which takes place at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Avenue).

This is our best chance yet to make a serious difference for native amphibians in California so we are calling on all frog enthusiasts to attend the April 26th, 2017 meeting in Van Nuys.

By attending, you will be able to let the FGC politicians know that you want American Bullfrog importation and sales to be ended in California now! All attendees will have the chance to speak to the Commission (expect to have 2 minutes total). SAVE THE FROGS! Wetland Coordinator Kathlyn Franco will be at the meeting to speak on behalf of SAVE THE FROGS!.

Attend the April 26th, 2017 Fish & Game Commission meeting in Van Nuys, CA:
RSVP by emailing Kathlyn Franco (kathlyn@savethefrogs.com). She will tell you where to meet, what time you should arrive, and answer any of your questions, including helping you craft your speech to the Commissioners on behalf of the amphibians.

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Bullfrog photo courtesy Jock Branson.

An Interview with Chelsea Carson in Ecuador

In October 2015, I visited Ecuador for the first time. I spent my first ten days in the country traveling with amphibian biologist Chelsea Carson. We visited the Amazon, the Andes and the coast to develop the SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour. At the end of our travels, I interviewed Chelsea while overlooking the Pacific Coast at Tabuga in Ecuador's Manabi province. We discussed Chelsea's career path and how she went from being an undergraduate organizing Save The Frogs Day events to a Fulbright scholar researching amphibians in Ecuador and organizing ecotours. Chelsea teaches us about Ecuador's primary ecosystems and the threats they face, and we learn about Chelsea's research in the streams and agricultural areas of the Ecuadorian cloudforest. We also discuss the value of ecotours, both for the ecotourist and the local communities. And of course we talk about the SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour and the beautiful frog habitats we visit on the tour.

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Chelsea Carson smiling with a glass frog in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Read more: An Interview with Chelsea Carson in Ecuador

SAVE THE FROGS! 2016 Ecuador Ecotour Photos and Stories

The inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour took place June 15th to June 26th, 2016 and was a huge success. Our group of frog enthusiasts explored the Amazon rainforest, the Mindo cloudforests, and the high slopes of the Andes. We found frogs, monkeys, lizard and colorful birds and insects. We ate fabulous food, made new friendships and integrated with people of different cultures, spreading amphibian awareness as we travelled. We hope to see you on the 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour!

Suchipakari | Mindo | El Crater | Papallacta | Rio Quijos | Teleferico | Villa Da Fiore | El Pahuma | Quito | Laguna Cuicocha

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Read more: SAVE THE FROGS! 2016 Ecuador Ecotour Photos and Stories

Save The Frogs Day at Ashton Biological Preserve

You're invited to join SAVE THE FROGS Gainesville as we host Save The Frogs Day, which will take place at the Ashton Biological Preserve in northern Florida on April 29th, 2017!
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Florida has an incredible array of biodiversity, landscapes and ecosystems, and is home to about 57 known amphibian species, making it a perfect place to hold a Save The Frogs Day event. We will have an abundance of opportunities to find and photograph amphibians as we explore beautiful palm savannas, wetlands and pine forests. We hope you will join us and celebrate amphibians on this amazing day!

What is Save The Frogs Day?
Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action.

Save The Frogs Day at Ashton Biological Preserve is an opportunity for you to meet with other local frog-lovers! You will learn about amphibian ecology, observe native amphibian species and become inspired to save the frogs! At the end of the event, we will take a short field trip to see frogs in their native habitat. Thank you for joining us!

Why Ashton Biological Preserve?
It's a great place to find frogs! The Preserve’s low areas contain wetlands and sinkholes, and a variety of springs are found in the region due to the presence of the Floridian aquifer running beneath the Brooksville Ridge. Ashton Biological Preserve has permanent and ephemeral water sources on property and is home to breeding populations of gopher frogs (Lithobates capito), Eastern narrowmouth toads (Gastrophryne carolinensis), and pinewoods treefrogs (Hyla femoralis), as well as many other amphibian species.

What should I bring to Save The Frogs Day?
Some snacks and drinks will be provided but we urge everyone to bring a dish as this is a potluck event. Yum!

What should I wear on Save The Frogs Day?
Long-sleeved shirts and trousers are best as it may be a little buggy. Please wear close-toed shoes.

Sorry, this event is 18+
Due to the location of the preserve and for liabilty reasons, we unfortunately can't welcome children to the event. We are so sorry!

How do I get to the Preserve?
Ashton Biological Preserve is about 20 miles outside of Gainesville, FL. The road to Ashton from the main highway is dirt, so it takes about 45 minutes to reach the Preserve. It is advisable to use a vehicle with high-clearance, but if you get stuck... we will pull you out! Also, help the envrionment and carpool with a few friends!

Event: Save The Frogs Day at Ashton Biological Preserve
Address: Ashton Biological Preserve, Archer, FL 32618
Date: April 29th, 2017
Time: 6-9pm

Please spread the word! Thank you for joining us and see you soon on Save The Frogs Day at Ashton Biological Preserve!

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Gopher frog (Lithobates capito), photo by Ashton Biological Preserve

Introducing SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville

SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville is the USA's most active chapter of SAVE THE FROGS!. Based in Gainesville, Florida our mission is to protect Florida amphibian populations, to educate Florida citizens about amphibians, and to support the broader efforts of SAVE THE FROGS!. You can contact us at gainesville@savethefrogs.com.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville processing and judging the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest

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SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville tabling at the Florida Natural History Museum.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville: Dedicated to protecting Florida's amphibians!

Scientific paper outlines actions to save declining amphibian populations in the US

Despite the theoretical protection afforded by the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), many amphibians remain under threat. A new scientific paper co-authored by Katherine M. O'Donnell, a participant of the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Peru Ecotour, explores the various issues that have served as challenges to the recovery of declining amphibian populations in the U.S.
 
A disappointing aspect of the current environmental situation is that even where recovery plans exist for certain amphibians, delays and indecisiveness have stood in the way of practical measures being taken. For example, concerns about the Dusky Gopher Frog, considered one of the “100 most critically endangered species in the world”, were first raised in 1982, only receiving formal endangered listing in 2001 19 years later. In addition, the designation of critical habitat, what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers essential to the species’ conservation, occurred another 11 years later in 2012.

This slow reaction to decline applies to a number of species, illustrating the need for urgent action. The authors of the publication propose several pragmatic strategies to encourage species recovery. Among these, strong leadership, training, better collaboration and improved information sharing are considered to hold the key to preventing a global amphibian crisis.

This important study appears in the prestigious scientific journal BioScience, which is published by the Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. The work is written by US Government employees and is available in the US public domain.
 
Download the full article pdf here.
 
View Katherine O'Donnell's photos of the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Peru Ecotour here:
http://www.savethefrogs2.com/countries/peru/ecotours/
 
 

Amphibian Education in Belo Horizonte at the Maple Bear Canadian School

This is the third in a series of articles about SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger's 2017 visit to Brazil. You can read about Dr. Kriger's amphibious omen here and read about Dr. Kriger's first presentation in Portuguese here.

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger visited the Maple Bear Canadian School in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on March 30th, 2017 to teach amphibian ecology and conservation to 1st and 6th graders. Dr. Kriger discussed amphibian natural history, adaptations, threats to frogs and ways to improve one's ecological footprint. The Maple Bear Canadian School is a private school where half of the classes take place in English and half in Portuguese. All of the students -- including the six-year olds -- were bilingual.

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Read more: Amphibian Education in Belo Horizonte at the Maple Bear Canadian School

Working Together to Save The Frogs in San Diego

“Celebrating frogs and igniting a passion for all amphibians is a major component of our Conservation Education Programs at Zovargo.” – Founder, Amanda Plante

Zovargo
is a San Diego based education organization that fosters connections between humans and animals to help inspire conservation stewardship. The program is grounded on the foundation of incorporating all life from the smallest crawling bug to the largest bird of prey as a way to reach a broad audience through their education programs. In 2016, Zovargo connected with nearly 18,000 individuals bringing animals into school classrooms, to scout groups, libraries, and private events throughout Southern California.

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This year Zovargo is focused on growing relationships with conservation-focused organizations that actively work to save endangered species. SAVE THE FROGS! and Zovargo are proudly uniting forces in April to provide a comprehensive leap into amphibian discovery! On the Friday before Earth Day, Zovargo and SAVE THE FROGS! will lead sessions on frog conservation for a local San Diego grade school.

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In addition to this special frog-focused education program, Zovargo will hold a Save the Frogs Day event on April 29th! As part of the San Diego Science Educators Conference, Zovargo will host a booth full of amphibian awareness. Activities at their booth will include interactive frog jumping contests and frog pledges! Science educators are some of our first touch points with children. Participating in this event and highlighting frog conservation will build upon the brilliant minds of hundreds of educators that attend this conference each year.

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To learn more about Zovargo, visit their website:
www.zovargo.org

Did you know you can also fundraise for Save The Frogs Day? Support our efforts and learn how here:
www.savethefrogs.com/fundraise

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SAVE THE FROGS! arrives in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

This is the second in a series of posts from Dr. Kriger's 2017 visit to Brazil. Read about Dr. Kriger's first night in Brazil here.

Minas Gerais, Brazil, is one of the world's amphibian hotspots. The state is home over 200 amphibian species and a variety of ecosystems, including the Atlantic Rainforest and the Cerrado. On March 27th, 2017, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger visited PUC Minas Museum of Natural Sciences in Belo Horizonte (the capital of Minas Gerais) to spread the amphibian conservation message at one of the top universities in the country. Dr. Kriger gave an hour long presentation in Portuguese - his first ever Portuguese presentation - to over 100 undergraduate and graduate students, discussing why frogs are disappearing worldwide and what can be done to save them. The students were extremely enthusiastic about SAVE THE FROGS! and have already begun planning future SAVE THE FROGS! activities in Minas Gerais.

“Hey Kerry! Thank you again for the wonderful presentation! I really hope to get to participate and volunteer with SAVE THE FROGS!. Hope I get to know a lot more about the organization and can be a big help!! :) “
-- Camille Hoffmaster, Biologist, PUC Minas

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SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger with the next generation of Brazilian conservationists at PUC Minas in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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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.

Read more: The Golden Toad - Lost But Not Forgotten

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SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville is the USA's most active chapter of SAVE THE FROGS!. Based in Gainesville, Florida our mission is to protect Florida amphibian populations, to educate Florida citizens about amphibians, and to support the broader efforts of SAVE THE FROGS!. You can contact us at gainesville@savethefrogs.com.

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Brazil is home to the world's greatest biodiversity of amphibians, with at least 1,036 known species. The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Brazil is to protect Brazil's amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Please spread the word about our efforts by asking your friends to visit our website:
www.savethefrogs.com/brazil

Together we can SAVE BRAZIL'S FROGS!

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Welcome to the online home of SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais, Brazil's first chapter of USA-based SAVE THE FROGS!. The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais is to protect the amphibian populations of Minas Gerais and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Founded in April 2017, SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais is based in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, in southeastern Brazil.

A missao do SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais é proteger as populações de anfíbios de Minas Gerais e promover uma sociedade que respeite e aprecie a vida selvagem!

Connect with us online at:
Website: www.savethefrogs.com/minasgerais
Email: minasgerais@savethefrogs.com
Newsletter: Sign Up For The SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais Newsletter Here
Instagram: @savethefrogsmg (www.instagram.com/savethefrogsmg)

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Together we can SAVE MINAS GERAIS' FROGS!

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Are you ready for an experience of a lifetime? Then join a SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour, and join our group of amphibian enthusiasts as we visit the rainforest, cloud forest, volcanoes, and mangroves. We will have an abundance of opportunities to find and photograph amphibians. Costa Rica has an incredible array of biodiversity, landscapes and ecosystems. Costa Rica is home to 202 known amphibian species, all within a very small geographical area. There are lots of frogs to be found, making Costa Rica a perfect place for a SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotour. Pura Vida!

Learn about the 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour Here.

If you are interested in joining SAVE THE FROGS! in Costa Rica, please fill out this waitlist form so we can alert you about upcoming ecotours to Costa Rica.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger photographed this Cochranella granulosa in the Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve in Costa Rica.

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Join a SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour

Ecuador occupies only 0.2% of the Earth's land surface, but it is home to 579 known amphibian species. In terms of amphibian biodiversity per square kilometer, Ecuador is among the highest in the world -- Ecuador actually has approximately 65 times more amphibian species per square kilometer compared to the USA! This incredible diversity is due to the large variety of ecological niches created by the Andes mountains, which cross the country from north to south, dividing the country into three distinct regions: the Amazon, the Coast and the Andes. At least 257 of Ecuador's amphibian species are found nowhere else on Earth. Ecuador's amphibians are incredible: glass frogs with translucent skin on their belly, allowing you to view their beating hearts; colorful frogs of all kind; and amazing behaviors like poison dart frogs carrying tadpoles on their back. With all this in such a small country, Ecuador is the perfect place to enjoy and learn about the unknown and enigmatic world of amphibians.

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Photo of Hyalinobatrachium valerioi from Mashpi, Ecuador courtesy of Jaime Culebras, who also contributed the text above.

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The SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour

Have you ever wanted to explore the Amazon rainforest, learn from experts about tropical ecology, or experience the beauty of the Andes mountains? How about all three? If so, then you should join the next SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour! Our frog experts are looking forward to introducing you to some of the most spectacular frog habitats on the planet. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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Visiting AmaZOOnico during the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour.

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The SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition

In September 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! will lead an international team of 18 amphibian biologists and frog enthusiasts on the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition. The mission of the expedition is to protect Ghana's amphibian populations, empower the next generation of Ghanaian frog conservationists, and expand the international network of environmentalists interested in protecting West Africa's endangered amphibians and ecosystems.

Please download the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition Summary here.

"From all the information provided in the Expedition Summary, it seems to be a very life-changing experience that would be a shame to miss."
Ashley Alwine, Pensylvania

The SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition is a collaborative effort organized by SAVE THE FROGS! and SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana.

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