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

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

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

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

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Frogging Santuário do Caraça

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

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A beautiful Ololygon luizotavioi

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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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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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Save The Frogs Day 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil

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

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

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

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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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Save The Frogs Day at the Park Goiania Zoo

The Boitatá Institute has been carrying out activities in environmental education to raise awareness about diversity and global decline of amphibians. In the state of Goiás in Brazil, they organized Save The Frogs Day events at the Park Goiania Zoo that took place from April 27 and May 6, 2016.

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Save The Frogs Day in Manaus

The first event held during Save The Frogs was in Manaus, Amazonia, Brazil, was an initiative of Boitatá Institute, INPA, UFAM and MUSE. In this event we held an Environmental Education work on the Trail of Frogs in the Amazon Museum in the Reserve Adolpho Ducke, with activities for young people of the School Raul de Queiroz Menezes Veiga in Manaus.

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Save The Frogs Day in Ilheus

 The Boitatá Institute of Ethnobiology and Wildlife Conservation in partnership with the State University of Santa Cruz - UESC promoted on Sunday (1 May, 2016), in Ilheus, Bahia, Brazil, an open night tour to the public for research and observation of amphibians. The event marked the celebration of the World Day "Save the Frogs" created by the American Foundation and Save the Frogs originally celebrated on every last Saturday of April.

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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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