Reflections on the June 2016 STF! Ecuador Ecotour

In June 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! led a group of 17 Americans through the rainforests and cloud forests of Ecuador for 12 days on the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador EcotourBelow are the reflections and photos of ecotour participant George Quiroga, a professional photographer and wildlife enthusiast who joined us in Ecuador.

I am finally unwinding and have some time before my flight home to reflect on my days in Ecuador these past couple of weeks. It has been a wonderful trip of beautiful scenery, spectacular wildlife, new friendships, rich history, wonderful food, amazing experiences, and boundless new knowledge. There has been adventure, physical challenges, emotional moments hearing of local tragedies, but also the jubilation of discovering awesome creatures, breathtaking scenery, and the camaraderie developed with like-minded enthusiasts along the way.

Phyllomedusa George Quiroga

Read more: Reflections on the June 2016 STF! Ecuador Ecotour

Save The Frogs Day at Sylvan Heights Bird Park

In North Carolina, the Sylvan Heights Bird Park hosted two frog focused events in April culminating with a Save The Frog Day celebration April 30, 2016. There were interactive games, activities and informational displays creating fun and enjoyable learning experiences while raising awareness of the challenges faced by amphibians around the world. Many participants were unaware of the amphibian population decline but our goal to help educate the public about frogs and frog conservation was successful as over 600 people attended these events.
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Save The Frogs Day at Currawong Bush Park

On Save The Frogs Day 2016, Leap into Nature held a Save the Frogs Day at Currawong Bush Park in Doncaster East, Melbourne Australia. The event started off with a frog talk and slide presentation, then the participants headed out to a pond to listen and look for frogs. The children were then able to do a range of art and craft activities on frogs. It was a successful day, with parents and children all learning new things about frogs, and that some of them are endangered and need our help. Save The Frogs Day was a great success with children and their parents learning all about the amazing world of frogs!

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STF Ghana's Gilbert Adum wins $51,100 frog conservation award

We are pleased to announce that the Whitley Fund For Nature has awarded SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s Gilbert Adum with a frog conservation grant in the amount of 35,000GBP (US$51,100) to further his efforts protecting Giant Squeaker Frogs (Arthroleptis krokosua), one of the world’s most endangered frog species. Gilbert was awarded this prestigious environmental prize at The Royal Geographical Society in London in front of over 550 guests including Sir David Attenborough and the daughter of the Queen of England.

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Since the founding of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana (www.savethefrogs.com/ghana) in 2011, Gilbert Adum has catapulted Ghana into the world conservation spotlight. Gilbert was selected from 130 applicants worldwide. Sir David Attenborough said this of Gilbert and the other internationally-acclaimed award winners as they received their Whitley Award: "Empowering local people, who understand what the problems are, and who have the local knowledge, determination and vested interest to find the solutions is the very best way to ensure long term protection for the natural world."

You can watch Gilbert Adum's enthusiastic speech as he receives his award:

Watch the award announcement video here, narrated by David Attenborough:



Listen to this great interview BBC World Service had with Gilbert Adum about his Whitley Fund for Nature Award:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03shv15

More congratulatory messages continue to pour in from all over the world in recognition of Gilbert Adum's Whitley Fund for Nature Award, including from Germany’s Environment Minister, Barbara Hendricks: “I am absolutely delighted that one of the Humboldt Climate Protection Fellows has received this prestigious award." Gilbert spent the past 18 months in Germany working on climate change issues as they relate to West Africa’s amphibians, and managing SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana from afar:
https://www.international-climate-initiative.com/en/news/article/a_green_oscar_for_iki_climate_protection_fellow/

Gilbert is the first Ghanaian to receive this prestigious award. Gilbert's success was highlighted in Modern Ghana and other African news outlets:
http://www.modernghana.com/news/689947/ghanaian-conservation-leader-wins-a-green-oscars-award.html

 

Congratulations to Gilbert and the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Team!

Join the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour: July 2017

We are pleased to announce the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour (July 14th to 25th, 2017), which will encompass the rainforest, cloud forest, volcanoes, mangroves and 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.

In July 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecologist Michael Starkey traveled throughout Costa Rica for ten days searching for ecolodges that are clean, comfortable and home to many frogs, and developing a detailed itinerary to maximize wildlife viewing opportunities in multiple ecosystems while minimizing drive times. Our inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour has been personally crafted to ensure an amazing, unique and thoroughly unforgettable experience that offers the best in travel, wildlife, culture and education.

Please send an email to trip leader Michael Starkey at starkey@savethefrogs.com if you are interested in joining SAVE THE FROGS! in Costa Rica.

*The SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour is FULL. Click HERE to be added to the waitlist.*

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"I am so excited to be joining SAVE THE FROGS! on their first Costa Rica Ecotour in 2017! A trip of a lifetime--I have always wanted to go see frogs in Costa Rica, and now I am doing so with two incredible scientists, Kerry Kriger and Michael G Starkey. This supports the great nonprofit SAVE THE FROGS! as well! They do fantastic work--founder Kerry Kriger and his team are making a difference worldwide!"

- Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, California Director of the National Wildlife Federation & SAVE THE FROGS! Board Member

Read more: Join the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour: July 2017

Action Alert: Protect Amphibians From Off-Highway Vehicles

Help save Tesla Park’s endangered amphibians from off-highway vehicle destruction!

We need your help today to stop the State of California from turning 3,100 acres of critical amphibian habitat at Tesla Park into a publicly funded off-highway vehicle park! Three-wheelers and dirt bikes have no place in one of the state’s most biologically rich areas, but the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) of California State Parks is planning to expand the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area into nearby Tesla Park, which contains some of the state's most important amphibian habitat. Please submit your comment through the easy to use form we created at: http://savethefrogs.com/tesla

Tesla Park is home to our official state amphibian the California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii); California Tiger Salamanders (Ambystoma californiense), Foothill Yellow-legged frogs (Rana boylii); Spadefoot toads (Spea hammondii), as well as more common species like California Newts (Taricha torosa) and Pacific Chorus Frogs (Pseudacris regilla). The OHMVR wants to let intensive OHV use destroy the upland habitats of these frogs and salamanders. Please make your voice heard and help protect Tesla Park's amazing amphibians!


California Red-legged Frog, Rana draytonii, photo by Joshua Asel

World Bank Project Officer Appointed to Empower Communities to Save Ghana’s Frogs

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, West Africa's premier and leading non-profit amphibian organization has appointed Mr. Nicholas Aidoo as its Community Conservation Coordinator. Mr. Aidoo formerly worked as a World Bank Community-Based Rural Development Project Officer, creating economic opportunities in beekeeping for 65 communities in southwestern Ghana.

The position of Community Conservation Coordinator is new and as the first officer, Mr. Aidoo will lead in the development of alternative livelihoods for local communities previously dependent on endangered frog habitat. One frog in particular to benefit from this conservation initiative funded by the UK-based charities, Whitley Fund for Nature and The Rufford Foundation, is the Giant Squeaker Frog, one of the world’s rarest and endangered animals. Mr. Aidoo is also a native speaker and well-versed in Twi, Ghana’s most widely spoken local language. Thus, he will also take lead in the translation of relevant conservation education materials from English to Twi. This will help to make knowledge and awareness accessible to the local people who matter most in the protection of Ghana’s frogs and wildlife.

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Gilbert Adum of STF! Ghana Wins $14,700 Award to Tackle Illegal Mining

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum was recently awarded £10,000 ($14,700) from UK-based Rufford Foundation to boost his team's efforts to save frogs threatened by mining in western Ghana’s Sui forest.

Artisanal illegal miners left pits uncovered when they were forced out of the Sui forest. Gilbert and his team identified these pits as death-traps to several frogs including the Giant Squeaker Frog, one of the world’s rarest animals. With the grant funding, Gilbert and his team will close up the pits and replant areas with native trees. “Elsewhere, uncovered mine pits have caused the lives of many people," says Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi, Ghana’s first female amphibian biologist and Associate Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. "Therefore, covering up the pits and revegetating the areas will not only help to save frogs and other wildlife but also human lives.”

Gilbert warns the Ghanaian public to be wary of the dangers these mine pits can pose. He has also called on government, corporate societies, funding agencies and other conservation groups to join hands in doing more to save frogs and wildlife threatened by illegal mining activities in Ghanaian forests.

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Job Announcement: Community Conservation Coordinator In Ghana

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Job: Community Conservation Coordinator In Ghana
Closing Date for Application: 25th May 2016
Job Location: Kumasi and Sefwi-Wiawso


Organization Overview
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is West Africa's premier and leading non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation, and is the first international branch of USA-based non-profit SAVE THE FROGS! We conduct research and conservation activities in places where amphibians are most vulnerable to threats from climate change, habitat destruction, invasive species, diseases, over-harvesting and pesticide use.

Read more: Job Announcement: Community Conservation Coordinator In Ghana

Travel to Africa with SAVE THE FROGS!

In September 2011 I traveled to Ghana with a small goal: give presentations in schools. That trip resulted in the formation of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, which has become the most active international branch of SAVE THE FROGS! and has inspired thousands of Africans and people around the globe to take action for amphibians.

In September 2016 I will return to Ghana to lead the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition -- and you are invited to join me. Our goal will be 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.

We will be joined by 16 environmental professionals and frog enthusiasts and travel Ghana for 17 days:
(1) Conducting educational programs;
(2) Searching for endangered rainforest frogs;
(3) Restoring habitat for endangered amphibians;
(4) Exchanging knowledge with Ghanaian biologists; and
(5) Working to improve and accelerate amphibian conservation efforts in Ghana.

If you are interested in traveling to Africa with SAVE THE FROGS! for this once in a lifetime experience, please download and read through the Expedition Summary.

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"I got an e-mail talking about the Ghana trip in September and it sounds like an amazing experience." 

— Jacqueline

The 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition will create a stronger SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana and will broaden Ghana’s base of amphibian expertise, ultimately resulting in healthier frog populations and vibrant human communities living in harmony with their natural surroundings. I am extremely confident that our 18-member SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition Team, which will combine decades of amphibian conservation experience into one cohesive group with a shared mission, will be able to produce tangible results for Ghana's amphibians on a scale never before encountered.

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In my travels to over 50 countries around the world, I have never been anywhere more in need of environmental assistance than Ghana; and I have never been anywhere that more wholeheartedly welcomes the SAVE THE FROGS! message.

For anyone who has ever wanted to make a positive social and/or environmental impact, this is one of the greatest opportunities you will ever have.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Co-Founder Gilbert Adum (left) will be joining us in Ghana along with several other SAVE THE FROGS! biologists and environmental experts.

Whether or not you can travel to Africa with SAVE THE FROGS!, I encourage you to make a list of all the people you know who would be interested in donating to fund the Expedition. I am currently preparing crowdfunding technology that will enable you set up your own crowdfunding page within the SAVE THE FROGS! website, so that you can eaily provide your friends and colleagues with a way to donate, all the while tracking your fundraising impact.

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I hope to see you in Ghana in September 2016!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
Co-Founder & Board Member

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Gilbert Adum Shortlisted For Prestigious Conservation Award

We’re pleased to announce that SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s work with the Giant Squeaker Frog has received international and prestigious attention: The Whitley Fund for Nature’s annual Whitley Awards shortlist of finalists includes SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s Executive Director Gilbert Adum.

The Whitley Award is a prestigious international prize that honors “exceptional individuals who, through their outstanding conservation work in developing countries, are redefining the way people engage with the natural world in the 21st century.”

Gilbert and seven other finalists were selected from a pool of 130 applicants from all around the world. The awards ceremony will be on April 27th, 2016 in London at the Royal Geographical Society and will be attended by Sir David Attenborough and the Princess Royal.

Like or share this article and show your support for Gilbert and Ghana’s frogs; we hope they win their deserved share of the total £245,000 ($346,001.25) project funding!

www.savethefrogs2.com/ghana

Gilbert Adum gives a presentation about the importance of Ghana's frogs.

The Pollination Project contributes to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana efforts in the Atewa Hills

Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Associate Executive Director, Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi for winning a $250 award from The Pollination Project. The award will enable Sandra and the SAVE THE FROGS! UCAES Chapter to organize the 8th Annual Save The Frogs Day in the Atewa District in Ghana, home of the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi). This year’s celebration will be, Saving The Iconic Togo Slippery Frog To Save Livelihoods. Events will include a 30-minute radio program where we talk about the current state of frogs in the Atewa Hills Forest Reserve and the implications that threats to their survival will have on livelihoods of the residents. There will be an accompanying street parade with drumming and dancing for frogs. During the parade, we will display signs to exhibit the effects of habitat destruction on frogs and the implications this has for local livelihoods. Signs will read, “Watch Atewa’s frogs die and witness a surge in crop pests,” “Atewa’s frogs are vulnerable, and so are you,” and more. We will wrap-up the day with a soccer match between two local communities and a key note address delivered by Ms. Owusu-Gyamfi. This event is expected to bring together over 300 participants and more through social media campaigns.

The Atewa Hills Forest Reserve is Ghana’s most biodiverse yet seriously threatened wilderness area. It is home to the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog, a close relative of the world’s largest frog, the Goliath Frog (Conraua goliath). Within this area, there are widespread illegal mining and logging activities funded by both local and foreign individuals and organizations. These activities are destroying critical habitats of the frog and other natural resources including water bodies that irrigate farmlands and supply over five million Ghanaians with drinking water. In recent years SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, together with other local non-profit conservation organizations, has been spearheading campaigns to get the government of Ghana to upgrade the status of the Atewa Hills Forest Reserve from a reserve to a national park for the permanent protection of frogs and other co-occurring biodiversity. This year’s Save The Frogs Day, will actively involve local people in the fight against the destruction of this unique forest to save local livelihoods. Thanks to The Pollination Project for supporting this campaign!

www.savethefrogs.com/ghana

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SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger visits Paraguay

On March 18th, 2016 I flew on an overnight flight from Cusco, Peru to Asunción, Paraguay. Frederick Bauer of the Asociación Paraguaya de Herpetología met me at the airport and took me to my hotel, where I ate breakfast and rested until the afternoon. I changed money and then caught a taxi to the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay's largest university. I was greeted by eight undergraduate biology students with backpacks and rubber boots. My host Andrea Gabriaguez gave me a quick tour of the Faculty and introduced me to her professors, who generously presented me with a copy of their field guide "Anfibios Del Paraguay" (for which I will soon have a digital copy they granted me permission to distribute to the SAVE THE FROGS community!). 

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An official university van picked our group up and we headed east to Tobati, a 90-minute drive into the Chaco Húmido (Wet Chaco) ecosystem. Tobati is an inhabited valley with steep cliffsides on either side. We got dropped off at a farm (La Perla) where we set up our tents. We walked down the road a kilometer to eat pizza at the base of a cliff and then we put on our headlamps and climbed up a rocky path. The moon lit our way, and the constellations Scorpio, Orion and the Southern Cross were visible along with the Milky Way.

We were specifically in search of Leptodactylus syphax, a frog that lives in Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. In Paraguay, it's only known population lives in this rocky area of Tobati. The cliffs have made it difficult for people to inhabit the upland areas, so the land on top makes great habitat for amphibians. It wasn't long before we heard a loud chorus of frogs calling from some rocky pools. There were lots of Dendropsophus minutus calling from the vegetation above the pools:
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Dendropsophus minutus

Read more: SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger visits Paraguay

A message from the Amazon Rainforest at Suchipakari

Please watch this short video recorded by SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour Trip Leaders Dr. Kerry Kriger and Chelsea Carson. The video is filmed at a stream in the Amazon Rainforest at Suchipakari, where our ecotour will spend two frog-filled nights!

Frogging Peru - Days 1 & 2

In February/March 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger spent seven days frogging the Peruvian Andes and Amazon. He photographed 31 amphibian species. Here is his story...

I had wanted to visit Peru’s Manu National Park since 1999, when I first heard about Manu’s incredible biodiversity. Encompassing both the Andean cloud forests and the Amazon rain forest, Manu is one of the most amphibious places on Earth, with over 150 known amphibian species. Earlier this year a Board Member of the Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) contacted me suggesting I visit the ACA’s biological stations in Manu, to which I replied “YES! If you can fly me there I would love to.” So with his generous assistance I flew from Santiago, Chile to Cusco, Peru on February 26th, 2016. I spent two days acclimatizing to Cusco’s high altitude (3,475m) and visiting old archeological sites above the city.

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Cusco from above

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Saqsaywaman ruins and alpaca, above Cusco

Frogging Peru Day 1

On Sunday morning February 28th (Frogging Peru Day 1) I met up with Dr. Alessandro Catenazzi, a Swiss-Peruvian amphibian biologist and assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, and his two Peruvian field assistants Alex Ttito and Valia Herrera Alva. We headed east out of Cusco in an old 4WD. Our destination was the ACA’s Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station, about four hours away. We wound up some mountain roads and came to Ninamarca, a beautiful archeological site on top of a mountain ridge.

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Our vehicle at Ninamarca

We came down a steep mountain road to Paucartambo, the last town before the Amazon basin, still another four hours distant. I bought a mango and bananas and we continued on our way.

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Paucartambo fruit vendors

We climbed up the mountain and soon hit a cloud covered ridge where the previously barren hillsides gave way to cloud forest. The cloud was thick for the next hour. The road was muddy. There was a huge cliff off to the left that dropped off at least a thousand feet. 

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Mountain scenery

I asked Alessandro if vehicles ever go over the edge. He thought for a moment and said a bus went over two weeks ago. I asked if everybody died. He said “No, just two people.” We arrived safely at our destination, Wayqecha, and had lunch in the new dining hall.

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Wayqecha Biological Station's dining area

Wayqecha is in the Andes at 2,900m and as expected was quite cool, especially with the mist blowing through. After dinner we drove ten minutes down the road to find frogs. On one side of the road is the Wayqecha reserve and the other is Manu National Park. Most of the mountain valleys that connect the Andes to the Amazon have no roads and are virtually inaccessible. This valley (the Kosñipata) is one of the few catchments that have continuous forest all the way from tree line (around 3,000m) down to the Amazon basin as well as road accessibility. As such, the Kosñipata Valley is a perfect place to study how amphibian communities change with altitude. Alessandro has been monitoring amphibians along this road for the past twenty years, and has walked the entire 80km from Wayqecha to the Amazon Basin below.

We walked a kilometer stretch of road and found three species: Oreobates gemcare, Gastrotheca nebulanastes and Pristimantis pharangobates. We also heard the glass frog Centrolene sabini.

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Oreobates gemcare

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Gastrotheca nebulanastes

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Pristimantis pharangobates

The rain started coming down as we walked back to our vehicle. Alessandro and his assistants swabbed the frogs to check for chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), which has wreaked havoc on montane amphibian populations throughout the world, and especially in the Andes, where it has driven many species to complete extinction. We returned to Wayqecha and got to sleep around 1am.

“Dearest Dr. Kriger,
It's a thrill to read about you, in a faraway land and probably remote area of Peru, dedicating your time and energy to promote and protect the well-being of our common interest, frogs. Thank you sounding the alarm of their protection and to continue to be their best hope for survival for our generation and generations to come. I am in awe of your dedication.”
-- Linda Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada

FROGGING PERU DAY 2

Having been in a cloud the entire day prior, I was happy to awake with an expansive view of the Andes mountains covered in cloud forest, and the valleys dropping off into the Amazon basin far in the distance.

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View from Wayqecha over the Kosnipata Valley and down to the Amazon

We took it easy in the morning and around 2pm we got back in the vehicle and began our descent to the Amazon basin. Our destination was the ACA’s Villa Carmen biological station, which preserves a large tract of regenerating rainforest that sits at the base of the Andes (430m above sea level), between two rivers (the Kosnipata and the Pinipini). The drive from Wayqecha to Villa Carmen is normally three hours but we had about seven stops along our path, to look for frogs and salamanders and to install data loggers and call recorders. The data loggers gather climatic data and the call recorders automatically record for five minutes every hour of the day. One of our first stops was at a beautiful waterfall in Manu National Park at 2,400m above sea level:

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Waterfall in Manu National Park, Peru

Unfortunately three amphibian species that were once common at the waterfall haven’t been seen at the falls in years:
Nymphargus pluvialis, last seen 1999
Hyloscirtus armatus, last seen 2009
Telmatobius mendelsoni, last seen 2007

We continued down the road, and at 1,600m passed a stream where Atelopus tricolor used to live. I asked Alessandro where in Peru you can still find Atelopus, to which he replied nowhere in Manu, but there are several species that still occur in other parts of Peru (mostly Amazon lowlands and drier, Pacific slopes of the Andes in northern Peru). Atelopus were once common on mountain streams throughout the Andes, and due to their diurnal lifestyle and often bright colors, they were easy to spot. Atelopus have suffered more severe population declines than any other genus of frogs. Only 10% of the 110+ species of Atelopus are thought to have stable populations.

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Alessandro (right) and Alex (left) at a stream where Atelopus erythropus used to live. The glass frog Hyalinobatrachium bergeri still lives here.

At 1,500m we heard Oreobates granulosus calling, and at 1,300m we passed the spot where the poison dart frog Allobates alessandroi (named after Alessandro) was last seen in 1999. At 1,200m we passed the type locality of a recently identified Pristimantis species that Alessandro is in the process of describing. Even in the dry season, it tends to rain at this elevation every day, contributing to the four meters or so of annual precipitation it receives, twice that of the Amazon rainforest below. Alessandro said that 100km further south is one of the wettest places in South America. At 900m while searching for Bolitoglossa salamanders, I found a beautiful toad (Rhinella margaritifera) sitting atop a plant.

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Rhinella margaritifera

A National Geographic expedition conducted a bioblitz in this area in 1992 and found many caecilians (limbless amphibians) near here, but the species has never been seen since. We finally arrived at the base of the mountains (560m), in the Amazon Basin. We passed the town of Pilcopata and heard Leptodactylus didymus calling. We arrived at our destination (the ACA’s Villa Carmen biological station) shortly after 8pm, had dinner and headed out to find more frogs.

We followed a stream and started hiking uphill. The rain was coming down pretty hard so we stopped under some thick trees, hoping for it to subside. It didn't, so we kept hiking, crossing a deep mud puddle by walking on some fallen bamboo that was acting as a mini-bridge. We hadn't seen a single frog or salamander on this hike, likely because the rain was too strong even for amphibians to enjoy. We walked quickly the last couple hundred meters to arrive at our destination, a pond that is home to monkey frogs (Phyllomedusa vaillanti) and treefrogs. There was one treefrog calling but no monkey frogs calling. I didn’t see either (until two nights later, which was one of the most frog-filled nights of my entire life!). We headed home and fell asleep around 2am to the sound of cane toads.

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Juvenile cane toad

Stay tuned for Frogging Peru Nights 3 & 4!

SAVE THE FROGS! Expedition to Ghana: Announcement

Since 2011, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has been working diligently to protect the country’s rainforests and endangered frogs. Ghana’s frogs need our help, and our friends in Ghana are hard at work, and now YOU have an opportunity to help them both. SAVE THE FROGS! is leading a 17 day expedition to Ghana that will include giving educational presentations, distributing frog educational materials, raising national awareness for the need to create the Atewa Hills National Park, and we will visit many beautiful places and see some amazing frogs!

We will travel all over Ghana educating kids, undergraduates and tribal leaders about the importance of protecting Ghana's frogs, which are are under serious threat from habitat destruction, pesticides and over-harvesting for the frog meat trade. It is truly an exciting effort to help protect these amazing animals and you will directly help us grow Ghana’s network of students, academics and biologists interested in amphibian conservation efforts. It will be an adventure and an opportunity of a lifetime to help protect some of the planet's most threatened animals and ecosystems.

Please fill out this short form so that we can keep you posted about the SAVE THE FROGS! Expedition to Ghana, taking place September 11th & 27th, 2016:
www.savethefrogs2.com/ghana-rsvp 

"Hi Kerry,
Just got back from Africa, the most wonderful adventure of our lives!"
-- Laura Honda, Environmental Educator, California

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The SAVE THE FROGS! 2015 Belize Ecotour

The 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize was a blast! From July 9th to 18th, twenty-two frog-saving supporters trekked through rainforests, explored limestone caverns, relaxed on pristine beaches, and observed many species of amphibians! See the adventure for yourself and check out these amazing photos from the 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize.

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Read more: The SAVE THE FROGS! 2015 Belize Ecotour

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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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Hola and welcome to the online home of SAVE THE FROGS! Buenos Aires!
The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Buenos Aires is to the protect amphibian populations of the Buenos Aires region and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.

You can email us at:
buenosaires@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!

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Website: www.savethefrogs.com/minasgerais
Email: minasgerais@savethefrogs.com
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Join a SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour

Costa Rica has an incredible array of biodiversity, landscapes and ecosystems. Costa Rica is home to 205 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.

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The strawberry poison dart frog (Oophaga pumilio) is an amazing amphibian that lives in Costa Rica. 

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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!

- Sign up for the July 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica here.
- Learn about the July 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour here.
- View photos from the July 2017 Costa Rica Ecotour here.
- Learn about other SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotours here.

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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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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana

Founded in September 2011, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is West Africa's first nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation, and is the first international branch of USA-based nonprofit SAVE THE FROGS!. The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is to protect Ghana's amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.

Africa is fraught with both social and environmental problems, and Ghana is an excellent location from which to initiate SAVE THE FROGS! programs that we plan to spread far and wide across the African continent. Over 80% of Ghana's original rainforests have been cleared and a third of the country's amphibians are under threat.

With your support, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana can exponentially grow the number of Ghanaian amphibian biologists; create a new national park in the biodiverse Atewa Hills, which is currently under threat from diamond, gold and bauxite mining; institute programs to replace the frog meat trade and illegal logging with sustainable, environmentally-friendly sources of income; and produce up-to-date field guides and other educational materials that will go to every high school in the country. Plus a whole lot more!

"The difference between success and failure in saving Ghana's frogs will come down to how much support the outside world provides."
-- SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger

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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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