Save The Frogs Day at Ashton Biological Preserve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introducing SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amphibian Education in Belo Horizonte at the Maple Bear Canadian School

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

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

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

Working Together to Save The Frogs in San Diego

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

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

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Kids learning about amphibians

Read more: Working Together to Save The Frogs in San Diego

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.

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

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.

Read more: An Amphibious Omen My First Night In Brazil

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

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.
 
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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

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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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SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to protecting Bangladesh's amphibian populations and to promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Bangladesh is home to 37 known species of amphibians, many of which are facing extreme threats due to the country’s dense human population. Habitat destruction and harmful pesticides are contributing to the decline of amphibians in Bangladesh. SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh is the first Asian branch of USA-based SAVE THE FROGS!, and has been actively raising awareness of amphibian issues in Bangladesh since 2009.

You can easily find this webpage anytime by visiting:
www.savethefrogs.com/bangladesh

"Together we can create a new era of amphibian conservation in Bangladesh."
-- Nurul Islam, Co-Founder of SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh

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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!

- Learn about the July 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour 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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SAVE THE FROGS! India is focused on the protection of threatened amphibian species and their habitats throughout India, as well as the environmental education of the next generation of Indians. Since 2009, India has been one of the most active countries in the SAVE THE FROGS! worldwide community. You can easily find this webpage anytime by visiting:
www.savethefrogs.com/india

The President of SAVE THE FROGS! India for the term March 11, 2018 through March 11, 2019 is Dr. Krishan Kumar Sharma. Please direct any questions related to our Indian amphibian conservation efforts to:
india@savethefrogs.com

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Young SAVE THE FROGS! supporters at the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre in Kolkata, 2018

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"I am a former Herpetology Keeper's Assistant, and an avid nature and wildlife photography buff. I love frogs because…well, heck, how can one NOT love frogs? They have cute expressive faces, they sing into the night, and they eat lots of insects, thus helping to control the population of pests. They are also (and most unfortunately) a visual representation of the damage we are doing to the natural environment, and to the planet as a whole. They are our modern day canary in a coal mine. We would do well to heed their warning…"

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