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

Costa Rica Ecotour Announcement List

Are your ready for an amazing frogging adventure with SAVE THE FROGS! in Costa Rica? If so, please fill out the form below so we can email you as soon as we announce the next SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour.

We look forward to frogging Costa Rica with you!

An Amphibious Omen My First Night In Brazil

Ola from Belo Horizonte, Brazil!

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

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

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

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Meet Ghana’s Beloved “Lady”: The Night Spirit Frog

The Night Spirit Frog (Leptopelis spiritusnoctis) is considered Ghana’s most beloved frog. For many artists and frog lovers in Ghana and around the globe, it is the poster child for the beauty of nature, thanks first and foremost to its distinctively large silver-grey eyes, just one feature that makes it particularly adorable.
 
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Read more: Meet Ghana’s Beloved “Lady”: The Night Spirit Frog

Ghana KNUST Chapter Wins Grant to Monitor Endangered Frogs along the Wewe River

Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST Chapter for winning their second grant from the UK-based Rufford Foundation. The £5,000 (~$6,000) award will enable the chapter to monitor endangered frogs with cutting-edge surveying technology. Chapter members will deploy automated acoustic devices along the KNUST campus’ Wewe River to monitor endangered frogs as part of the KNUST Wewe River Amphibian Project (K-WRAP). Additionally, the students will plant 1,000 native trees, in addition to providing and waste bins to dispose of trash properly along the Wewe River. Campaigns to use the trash bins to help protect the river and its frogs will spread the conservation message in the Kumasi urban areas and beyond.
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The SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana KNUST Chapter is the first student-run organization of the USA-based SAVE THE FROGS!, based in Kumasi, Ghana. Revegetating river corridors like the Wewe River (pictured), where rare frogs occur, is a major pillar of their campaign to save Ghana's frogs.
 

Read more: Ghana KNUST Chapter Wins Grant to Monitor Endangered Frogs along the Wewe River

Traveling the Amazon: The Best Weeks of My Life

Kaya Klop-Toker, a researcher studying the ecology of amphibians at the University of Newcastle in Australia, tells the story of the most memorable trip of her life. Her trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon (close to where we'll visit on the SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour) was a life-changing experience. The sights and sounds are memories she'll carry with her forever. Read on to explore the wonder of the Amazon.
 
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This blue and red poison frog (Ranitomeya ventrimaculata) carries tadpoles on its back. They have been seen in bromeliads more than 100 feet above the forest floor.
 

Explore the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Cloud forests are truly fascinating ecosystems that contain rich biodiversity and amphibian species found nowhere else in the world. This year during the SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour we will spend three nights in the remarkable cloud forest ecosystem of the Mindo Valley. The Mindo Valley is not just beautiful and pristine, but its history contains a unique story of conservation, ecotourism, and sustainable development. The dedicated individuals who live in the Mindo Valley started a movement to protect this incredible landscape because they are passionate about the many plants and animals that call this cloud forest home.

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Photo of Pristimantis crucifer from Mashpi, Ecuador, courtesy of Jaime Culebras

Read more: Explore the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Tell the City of San Francisco to Stop Killing California Red-Legged Frogs

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently took actions to approve a long term management plan that includes spending taxpayer dollars to drain the Sharp Park Wetlands. The City of San Francisco has a documented history of harming, killing and harassing federally protected California Red-Legged Frogs (Rana draytonii) when they drain this rare wetland ecosystem. Their reason to drain the wetlands: to create dry land for a money-losing golf course. 

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California Red-Legged Frog eggs stranded on land

Read more: Tell the City of San Francisco to Stop Killing California Red-Legged Frogs

Frog Research In The Remote Himalayas Of Nepal

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

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

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Read more: Frog Research In The Remote Himalayas Of Nepal

Presentation by Dr. Phil Bishop: The Conservation of New Zealand Frogs

Presentation by Professor Phil Bishop: The Conservation of New Zealand frogs -  the ancient weirdos of the amphibian World!

On February 13th, 2017, we held the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Australia New Zealand Video Conference, attended by participants from four countries. Professor Phil Bishop gave a presentation on the conservation of New Zealand's frogs - the ancient weirdos of the amphibian world. This free online event consisted of an hour long presentation followed by ample time for discussion about all things related to the conservation of amphibians in the South Pacific.

"Definitely a great conference, I have been fascinated by NZ frogs and I look forward to the next date."
Stefano Rambaldi, Italy

Please register for upcoming Australia/New Zealand conferences here.

Professor Bishop has spent the last 20 years working with the ancient native frogs of New Zealand. Originally intending to discover how these unusually silent frogs communicate, his focus shifted towards amphibian conservation management as the phenomenon of global amphibian declines gained momentum. The leiopelmatid frogs of New Zealand are voiceless and earless, with a number of unusual and unique morphological characters. Out of the breeding season they have a daily behavioural repertoire very similar to a small stone! Phil is a Professor of Zoology at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and in his spare time is the Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group and the Chief Scientist of the Amphibian Survival Alliance.

See you online!

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Professor Phil Bishop

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The Survival of The Earth Depends on Frogs

Additional Resources:

Native frog (Leiopelma spp.) recovery plan, 2013–2018
Phillip J. Bishop, Lisa A. Daglish, Amanda J.M. Haigh, Leigh J. Marshall, Mandy D. Tocher and Kate L. McKenzie

Native Frog Leiopelma Recovery Plan

World Wetlands Day with SAVE THE FROGS! Buenos Aires

Wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems. They provide essential services and supply drinking water. However, degradation and conversion for other land-use continues.

On February 2 every year since 1997, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and citizen groups at all levels of the community have taken the opportunity to carry out events and activities aimed at raising awareness among the general public about the value ​​of wetlands.

World Wetlands Day raises awareness around the world about the value of wetlands to humanity and the planet.
To this end, SAVE THE FROGS! Buenos Aires organized an event with various educational activities related to amphibians and wetlands.

Saturday, February 4 at 4 PM - 7:30 PM
Ecological Reserve Costanera Norte

 

Join Us!

Naty and Sofia

buenosaires@savethefrogs.com

 

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Día Mundial De Los Humedales con SAVE THE FROGS! Buenos Aires


Los humedales están entre los ecosistemas más diversos y productivos. Proporcionan servicios esenciales y suministran toda nuestra agua potable. Sin embargo, continúa su degradación y conversión para otros usos.

Desde 1997, todos los años organismos oficiales, organizaciones no gubernamentales y grupos de ciudadanos de todos los niveles de la comunidad han aprovechado la oportunidad para realizar actos y actividades encaminados a aumentar la sensibilización del público en general acerca de los valores de los humedales y los beneficios que reportan en general y a la Convención de Ramsar en concreto.

El Día Mundial de los Humedales se celebra cada año el 02 de febrero para crear conciencia en todo el mundo acerca del valor de los humedales para la humanidad y el planeta.
En el marco de dichos festejos, SAVE THE FROGS! Buenos Aires se suma a dicho evento realizando diferentes actividades educativas relacionadas con los anfibios y los humedales.

Saturday, February 4 at 4 PM - 7:30 PM
Reserva Ecológica Costanera Norte


¡SUMATE!

Naty y Sofia
buenosaires@savethefrogs.com

Join the SAVE THE FROGS! Camp Out in Florida: April 2017

We are pleased to announce the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Camp Out, which will take place at the Ashton Biological Preserve in northern Florida from April 14th to 16th, 2017! 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 the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Camp Out. 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 can camp out with us! Please sign up or send an email to trip leader Michael Starkey at starkey@savethefrogs.com if you are interested in joining SAVE THE FROGS! in Florida.

Destination | Meet Your Camp Out Leader | Trip itinerary | Prepare For The Camp Out | Trip Cost | Expression Of Interest Form

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition: Summary of Successes from Week 1

The SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition was a huge success! In September 2016, our international team of American and Ghanaian staff and volunteers traveled throughout Ghana for three weeks, conducting a variety of educational programs and habitat restoration events. Some successes from the first week of the expedition include:
 
(1) Speaking to the entire incoming class of freshmen (nearly 500 students) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources.
 
Ghana Expedition Kumasi KNUST
 

Read more: SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition: Summary of Successes from Week 1

President Obama enlarges California Coastal National Monument and recognizes the value of California Red-Legged Frogs

In May 2015 I submitted this letter on behalf of SAVE THE FROGS! members in California, across the USA and around the world, expressing our support for increasing the protections afforded to the Coast Dairies property in California, and specifically calling on politicians to designate the land as part a national monument, so as to ensure permanent protections for the property’s biodiversity.

On January 12th, 2017, President Barack Obama issued this proclamation declaring that Cotoni-Coast Dairies and important nearby areas are now included in the California Coastal National Monument, stating “The threatened California red-legged frog uses many of the waterways and water sources here, along with a wide range of other amphibians and reptiles.”

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California Red-Legged Frog Egg Mass

Read more: President Obama enlarges California Coastal National Monument and recognizes the value of California Red-Legged Frogs

The SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour: June 2017

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The 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour was a huge sucess!
Click here to see the fantastic photos and stories from our time in Ecuador.

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? Well now is your chance to experience all of that and more! We are pleased to announce that the June 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour will take place June 8th to 20th, 2017 and will encompass the Amazon rainforest, the Andes mountains, the cloud forests, dry forests, and an abundance of opportunities to find and photograph amphibians. Please complete the Ecotour Expression of Interest Form or send an email to trip leader Chelsea Carson at chelsea@savethefrogs.com if you are interested in joining SAVE THE FROGS! in Ecuador in June 2017 for an amazing 13 days (12 nights) adventure. In an effort to keep our group size small, we are limiting this ecotour to 14 participants. We are looking forward to frogging the Andes and Amazon with you!

"We never would have imagined the powerful connections we made with both the group and the amazing country of Ecuador and it's beautiful people. We are forever grateful for your friendship. We are forever changed by our experiences. We will see both you and Ecuador again."
-- Kelly Geer, Participant of the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour

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We found this beautiful glass frog in the Mindo cloud forests during the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour.

Read more: The SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour: June 2017

SAVE THE FROGS! Petitions State of California to Ban Importation of American Bullfrogs

On December 7th, 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 ban the importation of live American Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) by adding the species to the state’s list of restricted animals. The addition would help prevent future introductions of bullfrogs, which in California are a non-native, invasive amphibian.

Download the petition here.

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Photo of American Bullfrog courtesy Jock Branson

Bullfrogs prey upon and compete with California's native wildlife, and play a role in the spread of disease. The American Bullfrog is included in the Global Invasive Species Database’s list of “One Hundred of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species.” In 1997 the European Union banned the importation of live American bullfrogs due to their invasiveness, yet about 2 million live bullfrogs are currently imported into California every year. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife issued a 2014 report "Implications of Importing American Bullfrogs into California" that clearly demonstrates the threat caused to California's native wildlife by American Bullfrogs.

“Bullfrogs have already inflicted significant damage on California's wildlife populations, including many that are threatened with extinction,” said Jenny Loda, a biologist and attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Every new shipment of live bullfrogs into California presents the threat of further introductions of this highly invasive frog. We simply can't take the risk.”

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An animal can be added to the “restricted animals” list by the FGC when it “is proven to be undesirable and a menace to native wildlife.” The FGC has previously used its authority to restrict live imports of other non-native, invasive animals that pose similar threats as bullfrogs, including carp, water snakes and some species of abalone.

SAVE THE FROGS! has been campaigning for an end to live bullfrog importations into California since May of 2010, when SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger spoke at a Fish & Game Commission hearing on the topic. At that hearing, the Commission voted to disallow the importation of live non-native frogs and turtles into the state, but the Department of Fish & Wildlife never abided by the Commission’s instructions, resulting in over ten million additional American Bullfrogs entering the state due to the Department's failure to act on behalf of native wildlife. Our current petition will hold more legal force if it is successful.

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Live American Bullfrogs piled high in a San Francisco market. Photo by Michael Starkey.

"It's about time. Back in the 1990's the population of tree frogs and reg-legged frogs were completely depleted from south Napa in the town of Napa, CA. This was in the creek at Old Sonoma Road next to a school building. The tree frogs used to be so loud at night and then one year we had flooding, we got bullfrogs swimming over the dam into the creek, and that was the end of the native frogs. I personally love bullfrogs as long as they are native to an area, such as Vermont. They are very beautiful. However importing them to sell in open markets is cruel and disgusting. I feel really sorry for them."
-- Louise Salant

Why The Giant Squeaker Frog Is "Giant"

Frogs in the genus Arthroleptis are often referred to as "squeakers." This is because of the distinctive insect-like call they make and are also called cricket or screeching frogs. They are usually small, most about the size of a baby’s thumb, with the smallest squeaker measuring merely 15mm in length. The Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua) measures up to 50mm, making it the largest squeaker in the whole of West Africa. As it is about three times the size of the smallest squeaker it must be nothing less than a “GIANT.”  
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Read more: Why The Giant Squeaker Frog Is "Giant"

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Travels to the United Kingdom

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s Associate Executive Director and West Africa’s first female amphibian conservation scientist, Miss Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi will travel to the United Kingdom from 20th December 2016 to 10th January 2017. During her stay, Sandra will give educational presentations about amphibians, empower women in conservation and the activities of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. Spend the season with Sandra to learn some of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s great achievements such as winning awards including the prestigious Green Oscar from the Whitley Fund for Nature; new frog discoveries; establishing West Africa’s first amphibian education centre; replanting 20-ha of critical amphibian habitats with +15,000 native trees; providing beekeeping as alternative livelihood for local people; gaining international media attention and many more. Sandra will also be visiting funders including the Rufford Foundation and the Whitley Fund for Nature to update them on how their funded projects are progressing.

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You can take this opportunity to invite Sandra over to your local school or group for a presentation or discussion on possible collaborations and volunteering with West Africa’s leading amphibian research and conservation organisation. Please send an email of interest to contact@savethefrogs.com for an advance booking.

Kumbugu Group

In 2014 Sandra travelled to the UK and presented to about 500 individuals at institutions and groups such as the University of Cambridge, Nottingham and Greenwich, the British Herpetology Society and the Harrison Institute (www.savethefrogs2.com/easyblog/save-the-frogs-ghana-programmes-co-ordinator-s-visit-to-uk-makes-huge-waves). Sandra uses such visits to inspire and give hope to scientists and conservationists which she believes is key in addressing many conservation challenges.

Photos from the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Peru Ecotour

The inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Peru Ecotour took place in November 2016 and was a huge success! We will let you PERUse through the photos below and decide for yourself whether all the lucky participants had a fabulous time frogging the Andes and Amazon and visiting incredible Incan sites like Machu Picchu. If you're interested in joining a future SAVE THE FROGS! Peru Ecotour and experiencing the wonders of Peru with like-minded frog enthusiasts, please email us at contact@savethefrogs.com so we can keep you posted as future ecotours are announced!

Photos from ecotour participant Katie O'Donnell:
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"Dear Kerry, thanks to you and Chelsea and Joanna and Tin. The Peru trip was wonderful. We saw so much and were treated with such kindness and welcome at each place."  -- Catherine E.

Photos from ecotour participant Rosie Striffler:
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Photos from ecotour co-leader Tin Bindi:
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We found 22 amphibian species during the ecotour!
Here is the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Peru Ecotour Species List:

Wayqecha
•    Pristimantis pharangobates
•    Oreobates gemcare
•    Gastrotheca nebulanastes

Villa Carmen
•    Adenomera cf. hylaedactyla
•    Leptodactylus didymus
•    Leptodactylus leptodactyloides
•    Engystomops freibergi
•    Dendropsophus leucophyllatus
•    Dendropsophus parviceps
•    Hypsiboas geographicus
•    Hypsiboas lanciformis
•    Hypsiboas punctatus
•    Phyllomedusa camba
•    Scinax ruber
•    Allobates femoralis
•    Rhinella marina
•    Pristimantis fenestratus
•    Bolitoglossa sp.

Cock of the Rock Lodge
•    Hypsiboas balzani
•    Hypsiboas sp.
•    Pristimantis lindae
•    Pristimantis pharangobates
•    Pristimantis sp.

"Chelsea, Thank you once again for organizing such a wonderful ecotour of Peru. Your knowledge of the area and subjects, command of Spanish, your attention to every detail, and your effusive personality made for an outstanding experience for all of us. Thank you for a job well done!." -- John M.

Peru Ecotour Summary from Trip Leader Chelsea Carson
The first ever SAVE THE FROGS! Peruvian Ecotour has just ended and was a complete success! Our group brought together scientists, environmental enthusiasts, teachers, doctors, musicians, and everything in between for an amazing 13-day tour of the Andes mountains and Amazon basin of Peru. We began the tour in the famous Andean city of Cusco where we learned about the unique history of the area and its modern fascinations. This beautiful archaeological site showcases Spanish colonial architecture built on top of the once Incan empire capital.

Later that afternoon we began our journey towards the eastern side of the Andes and into the cloudforest. Our first stop was the Wayqecha Biological Station where we had the incredible opportunity to hear from the scientific coordinator and station manager about the ecological treasures of the reserve and their ongoing conservation projects. Despite the high elevation (3,000 meters) and cold, dry temperatures we still found two species of frogs while out on our first night!

The group fell asleep underneath the stars as the clouds faded in and out of the valley below and awoke the next morning to a spectacular view of the Manu National Park. We all hiked through the high elevation cloudforest admiring the orchids and insects which occupy it until finding the canopy walk! Walking amongst the trees gave us the unique perspective of life from above and showcased just how amazing the scenery of the Wayqecha area truly is.

After a delicious Peruvian lunch we headed down from the foothills and deeper into the Amazon Basin. Our next stop and home for the next three nights was the Villa Carmen Biological Station. At Villa Carmen we found 15 species of amphibians as well as an abundance of other wildlife. We spent the three days hiking through the reserve, frogging every night, listening to presentations by SAVE THE FROGS! and Villa Carmen researchers, and even got to go to the local school and share our love and knowledge about amphibians.

To say Villa Carmen was a wonderful spot for our group only begins to say how much we enjoyed our time at this spectacular scientific field site and conservation area. From crossing rivers by cable car, to overlooking Alta Madre de Dios River from the mirador hike, our group explored the vast trail system of Villa Carmen and enjoyed all of the plants and animals we encountered along the way.

After three amazing nights at the station we said goodbye to the Villa Carmen staff and researchers and made our way back up towards the higher elevation forests. We broke up the drive and ignited our inner birder by staying the night at the famous Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge. As I’m sure the name gives away we got to experience to beauty of the Cock-of-the-Rock bird by visiting a lek nearby. We enjoyed the natural experience of staying in nature and had an unbelievable night of frogging! Co-leader Joanna showed the group just how dedicated to her work she is by scaling a forest wall to get a snake to show to the group!

We then had a leisurely morning picking out bird calls, practicing our Spanish, and watching an agouti run around the lodge. By afternoon we headed back up to higher ground to stay our final night in the Manu National Biosphere Reserve at the Wayqecha Biological Station and say hello to our friends there once again. We went out looking for frogs and did not come back disappointed! We found two species along the Manu road nearby.

The next morning we hiked the wonderful Zorro trail and got another panoramic view of the valleys below. This left us with an incredible sense of gratitude for the amazing week of frogging and adventure we had just experienced.

After a bittersweet goodbye to the Manu National Park we loaded into our van and headed back into the Andes mountains to complete the final 5 days of our tour and visit the Sacred Valley and surrounding areas. What an incredible time we had visiting these world heritage sites and many Incan ruins! We traveled from Cusco into the town of Aguascalientes to see the famous site of Machu Picchu. The group divided into groups and hiked through the neighboring mountains to observe this breathtaking Incan site. We then met back up in the afternoon to have a guided tour and learn about the mysterious history of this magical place.

After Machu Picchu we traveled into the Sacred Valley where we stopped in the towns of Ollantaytambo and Pisac. Each offered us a unique encounter into the lives and breathing history of the Peruvian people. Our group spent our final days walking through ruins, shopping at local markets, indulging on local cuisine, and sharing laughs and smiles about the trip. It was an incredible 13 days with a great group of people and SAVE THE FROGS! looks forward to bringing more of our supporters here in the future.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on this tour and we hope to see all of you on another tour in the future!

"Chelsea, Thank you once again for organizing such a wonderful ecotour of Peru. Your knowledge of the area and subjects, command of Spanish, your attention to every detail, and your effusive personality made for an outstanding experience for all of us. Thank you for a job well done!."
-- SAVE THE FROGS! Peru Ecotour Participant John M., Sacramento, CA

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A note from Peru Ecotour Participant Eric Bindseil:

"Hi Kerry,
I have to tell you, I had a fantastically froggy Peru adventure with Chelsea and the whole SAVE THE FROGS! Peru crew, including the researchers at Villa Carmen too in November! It was absolutely wonderful to experience Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Andes Cloud Forests, and the Amazon Basin Rainforests, searching successfully for so many species of frogs, snakes, insects, birds and even a few mammals too! Wow! What a treat! Chelsea did an incredible job with everything and everyone, she is awesome!

Just needed to tell you personally that the whole trip was great and I can't wait to participate in (maybe even assist or lead) future SAVE THE FROGS! ecotours. I certainly am interested in Panama and Colombia and probably other wild places also! How about Australia!? Another place I want to help protect and experience soon too!

Thank you, Michael and all the other SAVE THE FROGS! people for all you do for amphibians, wild lands, wildlife and the people of the world, which benefit all present and future generations!

Also, your suggestion to visit TRC was excellent! I was easily able to get there and had a glorious time for an extra 6 days seeing the important Macaw research and amazing clay lick sites too! I was fortunate to meet more wonderful folks and was able to see more frog species, including a couple poison dart frogs, and interesting snakes too! I even observed and photographed my first wild lands jaguar near TRC, along a river bank of the upper Amazon basin, traveling freely in its spectacular rainforest habitat!

Happy Holidays!!
Very Best to you and all STF! people,
Eric Bindseil"

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SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville 2

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!

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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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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