Save The Frogs Day 2017 at the Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Sylvan Heights Bird Park in North Carolina hosted a Save The Frogs Day celebration on April 29, 2017. Visitors to the park were able to experience wetland and frog connection activities, along with informational displays about Save The Frogs Day, how to help amphibians and ACTUAL frog and toad species from the surrounding wetland/pond areas. All visitors had multiple learning opportunities which provided insight into the plight of amphibians and helped develop an awareness of frogs and frog conservation in the United State and around the world!

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Save The Frogs Day 2017 with প্রাধিকার (PRADHIKAR)

The 9th Annual Save The Frogs Day was celebrated in Sylhet, Bangladesh! Students, professors and members of the public gathered together to learn about amphibian ecology and conservation at Sylhet Agricultural University. This event was organized by PRADHIKAR, which is an organization run by students of the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Science at Sylhet Agricultural University. It’s a volunteer team that works for the establishment and reservation of animal rights to welfare and conservation of biodiversity. PRADHIKAR has celebrated Save The Frogs Day each year since 2012 and they actively raise awareness for the conservation needs of amphibians in Bangladesh.

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Save The Frogs Day 2017 in Diepsloot, South Africa

On the 9th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 29th, 2017) over 200 people gathered together at the Father Louis Blondel Centre in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, to celebrate and raise awareness for African bullfrogs. The community of Diepsloot is established in a wetland area, home to the African bullfrog, and many residents were not aware of the need to protect this amazing amphibian. The event was sponsored by The Wot-If? Trust in collaboration with Dr. Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots South Africa programme as well as Shumbashaba. You can learn more about their fantastic Save The Frogs Day event here.

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Save The Frogs Day 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria

GreenEducate Initiative celebrates the 9th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 29th, 2017)! GreenEducate is an environmental NGO that uses advocacy and education to create awareness about conserving biodviersity and about the impacts of climate change in Nigeria. This year’s Save The Frogs Day was held at Kingship Academy, which is an elementary school located in Lagos. The children had lots of fun hopping, making frog calls and learning about amphibian conservation and the environment.

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Save The Frogs Day 2017 in Sanepa, Nepal

On the 9th Annual Save The Frogs Day, Environmental Graduates in Himalaya (EGH) along with Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal organized a day-long amphibian conservation program on 28th April, 2017 in Sanepa, Nepal. The event was categorized into two sessions; Celebration with School Kids (Session I) and University Students (Session II) that included activities like photo exhibition, frog painting, mural art, merch and bake sale along with the short video clips depicting the information about the frogs. Mr. Ugan Manandhar, Deputy Director of WWF Nepal and the Chief Guest for the program, presented on the traditional importance of frogs and their need for greater conservation efforts, which was followed by the prize distribution for the ‘Junior Art Competition’ conducted on 25th April. A total of 62 students attended and the program ended with the closing remarks of Prof Dr Ram B Chhetri, RHF Chairperson. Later, he handed certificates of appreciation to our volunteers whose tireless efforts have brought this event into a froggy fruition.

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Help Save Endangered Red-Legged Frogs: Marin County

Please join SAVE THE FROGS! in San Rafael, California on Thursday April 16th, 2015 and speak up on behalf of endangered California Red-Legged Frogs, our official state amphibian! The City of San Francisco has applied for a permit to dredge and drain the Sharp Park Wetlands. Their goal is to create dry land for a publicly-funded, money-losing golf course. Our goal is to stop them! The City’s draining activities kill the Red-Legged Frogs as well as the endangered San Francisco Garter Snakes.

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Estonian Fund For Nature And The Tallinn Zoo Celebrate Save The Frogs Day 2017

Estonian Fund For Nature and the Tallinn Zoo organized an event for the 9th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 29th, 2017). Despite a snowstorm, 30 people came out to learn about frogs! The group participated in workshops, played fun activities (games, quizes and crafts) and watched movies about amphibian ecology and consevation.

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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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