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

save the frogs ghana 

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana To Co-Host The 17th African Amphibian Working Group Meeting

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana (West Africa’s first non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation) will co-host the 17th African Amphibian Working Group (AAWG) meeting in Kumasi, from 25th to 28th July 2017. The AAWG meeting, the first to be hosted in Ghana, is an occasion for amphibian conservation scientists to discuss the progress and the way forward in amphibian research and protection on the continent. It will also be an opportunity for early career conservationists and students to network with professionals from all over the world and from co-hosting institutions including Herp Conservation Ghana and the Museum of Natural History Berlin.

hyperolius bobirensis metamorph

Read more: SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana To Co-Host The 17th African Amphibian Working Group Meeting

Save The Frogs Day 2017 at KNUST in Kumasi, Ghana

The SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST Chapter conducted habitat restoration activities at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology campus’ Wewe River on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in commemoration of the 9th Annual Save The Frogs Day, the world’s largest day for amphibian conservation events. Fifty chapter members took part in the celebration, including the President of the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources Students Association (Mr. Dwumah Kwaku Afrifa). Participants removed invasive weeds such as Devil Weed (Chromolaena odorata), which is a major threat to amphibian survival. They also planted 150 seedlings of two carefully selected tree species: the fungi and insect resistant Kusia (Nauclea diderrichii) and Militia (Millettia thonningii), known for its soil conservation and erosion control properties. Additionally, Prince Adu-Tutu and Victor Adjei, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Chapter respectively, trained participants in amphibian monitoring and ecological data collection protocols. This newly acquired knowledge helps Chapter members to effectively monitor and evaluate the impact of the restoration activities on local amphibian populations.

knust members restoring degraded habitat group flag 2017 wewe b
SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST leading conservation effort around campus's Wewe River.

Read more: Save The Frogs Day 2017 at KNUST in Kumasi, Ghana

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Member Wins Grant To Save The World's Smallest Crocodile

Congratulations to Albert Chambichoga of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's KNUST Chapter for winning a £5,000 (US$6,379) grant to identify and survey critical habitat areas of the West African Dwarf Crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis), which is the world's smallest crocodile species. The grant is from the prestigious Rufford Small Grants Foundation, based in the United Kingdom. The grant will allow Albert and his team to estimate the population size of the crocodiles along the stretch of the Wewe River that flows through the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The team will also re-forest degraded habitats, draft a Wewe Catchment Dwarf Crocodile Conservation Action Plan, and engage the public through folklores. These efforts will augment conservation activities already underway through the KNUST Wewe River Amphibian Project (K-WRAP) that protects the 12 resident frog species.

West African Dwarf Crocodile Osteolaemus tetraspis
Photo of West African Dwarf Crocodile on the KNUST campus by SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger, taken during the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition.

Read more: SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Member Wins Grant To Save The World's Smallest Crocodile

Amphibian Research Assistant Positions In Kumasi, Ghana

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana seeks three undergraduate research assistants to assist in the collection of vital data on the biology and ecology of amphibians, as part of its Wewe River Amphibian Project (K-WRAP). The project is in collaboration with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Wildlife Department, and is funded by the UK-based Rufford Foundation. The project goes from June 2017 to April 2018. This is a volunteer position in which SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will cover the successful applicant's project expenses. Collected data will also form part of successful applicants’ undergraduate thesis. Prior to taking up the position, a three-month training will be given on amphibian monitoring protocols including taxonomy, systematics and data collection.

Deadline for submission of application documents (refer to ‘How to apply’ section below) is 9th June 2017.

k-wrap wewe river
Frog researchers from the SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST chapter.

Read more: Amphibian Research Assistant Positions In Kumasi, Ghana

Protecting 5,000 hectares of critical frog habitat in Ghana

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is in the process of securing funding for the protection of 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres) of critical frog habitat in the Sui Forest area of western Ghana. The Sui Forest and the approximately 30 amphibian species that call Sui home are subject to four major threats: logging, alien species invasion, farming and wildfires.

Gilbert Adum frogs
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder Gilbert Adum surveying a pond on a logging road in the Sui Forest during the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition. Gilbert is the first amphibian biologist to survey the Sui region; he began his efforts there in 2008.

Read more: Protecting 5,000 hectares of critical frog habitat in Ghana

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.
 
Night spirit frog

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.
KNUST chapter planting trees along wewe river
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

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

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.”  
ghana-goal-squeaker

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.

sui celebration sandra owusu gyamfi 1a ms

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.

Gilbert Adum of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Featured in Worldwide Documentary

Watch this documentary about SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum's passion for frogs and about our work to save the last Giant Squeaker Frogs (Arthroleptis krokosua) and improve the lives of the Yawkrom community in the Sui River Forest Reserve.

.be
ghana stf dw tv

During the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition, a German film crew from Deutsche Wela (DW-TV) traveled with our team to Yawkrom and the Sui forest in order to document the incredible work of Gilbert and SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. This documentary will be broadcast around the world.

Broadcast Times:
14.10.2016 | 21:30 on DW‎ (12:30 PST, 19:30 GMT)
15.10.2016 | 05:30 on DW‎ (20:30 PST, 3:30 GMT)
Or watch the entire episode here.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has become a symbol of hope and inspiration for West African amphibian conservation efforts. We are confident that this documentary will further educate and empower the thousands who watch it in order to protect amphibians in their own communities.

donate now button tilted
Thank you for your continued support and please share this exciting video with your frog-saving friends!


Highlights from the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition

In September 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! led an international team of amphibian biologists on the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition. The mission of the expedition was 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.  

For 23 days our expedition team traveled throughout Ghana:  
(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. 

Join an online presentation all about the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition on October 14th, 2016:
On Friday, October 14th, at 10am San Francisco Time, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger will hold an online video conference all about the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition. In this presentation, Dr. Kriger will discuss the expedition’s successes and show many amazing photos from the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition. All are welcomed to join in on this interesting and informative discussion about our amphibian conservation efforts in West Africa. 

Join online from PC or Mac:
https://zoom.us/j/580658577
Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 580 658 577
International numbers available:
https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=RTRJPWLYN5EZwdmFPrByFTYsYQtPch14

ghana 2016 night spirit

Ghana-Expedition-Kumasi-school-2

Ghana-Expedition-Kumasi-primary-school copy

Afrixalus dorsalis calling 2

West Africa's First Amphibian Conservation Centre

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has secured a building and work is underway for the construction of West Africa’s first amphibian conservation education centre. It is strategically located in the home region of Ghana's flagship Giant Squeaker Frog, thus, dubbed the "Sui Amphibian Conservation Education Centre (SACEC)". Funded by Whitley Fund for Nature, it's a three room building with an infusion of both modern and traditional architecture, comprising a library and a computer/technology centre. With the support of over 50 daily local volunteers including women groups, the building will be completed and commissioned on the 5th birthday of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana (22nd September 2016).Arthroleptis krokosua juvenile
The critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua).

Read more: West Africa's First Amphibian Conservation Centre

Fire Threatens the Survival of the Critically Endangered Giant Squeaker Frog

Arthroleptis-krokosua-Gilbert-Adum-550

With less than a week before the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition, our team around the world has been busy preparing for our rigorous frog-saving campaigns in West Africa. To our dismay, we received terrible news last night from our friends in Ghana.

While suffering from malaria, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum reported to us that a fire has devastated much of the Sui forest, which is the last known location of the critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog, Arthroleptis krokosua.

Read more: Fire Threatens the Survival of the Critically Endangered Giant Squeaker Frog

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana 2016 Interns

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has recently won the prestigious Whitley Fund for Nature Award, helping to fund their West African conservation projects to save the Giant Squeaker Frog, one of the world's most endangered frogs. An important part of this funding supports the invaluable help of two interns.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is pleased to announce the following emerging amphibian biologists as SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana 2016 interns: Prince Adu-Tutu and Isaac Nyame. These interns will receive three months intensive training under the supervision of West Africa’s finest amphibian conservation scientists, Gilbert Adum and Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi. Prince and Isaac will also have unlimited access to resources that will build their capacities in amphibian research, conservation, fundraising and public speaking.

Prince Adu-Tutu
Prince is a final year Wildlife and Range Management student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is also the President of SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST Chapter. As a young researcher, Prince’s greatest interest is to study and contribute important information on Ghana’s data-deficient frog species. Prince hopes to use his experience in social media marketing to promote awareness about Ghana’s vanishing frogs and SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s conservation efforts to protect them. He will also collect data from social media activities for his Bachelor of Science project, “The Impacts of the Internet and Social Media on Natural Resources Management in Ghana.”

prince adu tutu save the frogs ghana 2016 intern

Isaac Nyame
Isaac is an aspiring conservationist currently in his second year studying Natural Resources Management at KNUST. He is also the projects coordinator of SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST Chapter. Isaac has volunteered on several amphibian projects including helping to plant 500-plus native tree species along KNUST’s Wewe River to protect the campus’ 12 frog species. He hopes to develop himself through this internship to become a better conservationist and promote awareness among local people using his linguistic skills in Twi, Ghana’s widely spoken local language.

isaac nyame save the frogs ghana 2016 intern

Save The Frogs Day in Chiana

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana held a successful Save The Frogs Day Celebration in Chiana, Upper East Ghana. They estimated to reach a total live participants of 300 local people for this year's Save The Frogs Day. With the training of new volunteers by our experienced Northern Regional representative, Alex Akebeh, they reached 300 more people. Campaigns were intensified especially in schools and households, encouraging people to appreciate frogs and nature. They organized radio broadcasts which reached an estimated 1,500 people who tune in everyday to the local station, Nabina Radio.

STF Day 2016 Chiana

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.

Ghana gilbert whitley award

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!

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.

nicholas aidoo save the frogs ghana

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.

Atewa Mining Atiwa

Job Announcement: Community Conservation Coordinator In Ghana

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana

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

Subcategories

Expedition 3

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.

Become A Member

save the frogs members

Donate Now - Thank You!

Newsletter Signup

frog news

Inspiration

"Thought may lead to action of any kind, but whatever the action, it is simply the thought attempting to express itself in visible form. It is evident, therefore, that if we wish desirable conditions, we can afford to entertain only desirable thoughts."

Charles F. Haanel

Testimonials

"I really appreciate everything you do to raise awareness and protect our amphibian populations!"

Daniel Chatterton, Sacramento, CA

The Frog Lover's Card

1% of Every Purchase Donated To SAVE THE FROGS!
charity charge

Countdown to Save The Frogs Day

10th Annual Save The Frogs Day April 28, 2018 09:00 am 254 Days Away! 10th Annual Save The Frogs Day

Website design, photos & content by the SAVE THE FROGS! staff, volunteers and community unless otherwise noted. 
Copyright © 2008-2017 SAVE THE FROGS! All Rights Reserved. SAVE THE FROGS! is a 501(c)(3) public charity, and SAVE THE FROGS! is a registered trademark. Frogs