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!

You can contact SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana via:

Email:
ghana@savethefrogs.com

Postal Mail:
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
Box KS 15924,
Adum-Kumasi,
Ashanti, GHANA

"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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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

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana wins ‘Green Oscar’

In April 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum received international attention and recognition for his work in Ghana with the Giant Squeaker Frog.

Born to a tribe of bush hunters, Gilbert Adum grew up hunting frogs as part of the indigenous tradition. His naivety to the global threat of frogs, particularly in his region, turned to regret as he grew older and more aware of the lack of conservation in his home country. In 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! Executive Director Dr. Kerry Kriger, visited Ghana in an attempt to engage and empower the locals.

Dr. Kriger’s visit to another country has never resulted in a bigger and longer-lasting impact. Despite the “small” goal to just give presentations to schools, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has become the most active branch of SAVE THE FROGS!

Since 2011, Gilbert Adum has founded and run West Africa’s first amphibian conservation initiative with incredible success. His biggest accomplishment: saving the Giant Squeaker Frog from the brink of extinction.

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The Giant Squeaker Frog was rediscovered by Gilbert in 2009 in the Sui River Reserve. After extensive surveys spanning years, only 14 individuals were found. Through SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana and the team’s habitat restoration and action against illegal mining, huge tracts of land have been reforested and non-native, harmful vegetation removed. Today, the population has doubled and more than 27 Giant Squeaker Frogs can be found in the reserve.

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On April 27th, 2016 Gilbert Adum of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana received the Whitley Award in honor of his exceptional grassroots success in Ghana, where over 90% of the forests have been cleared.

He focuses on the endangered Giant Squeaker Frog to accomplish his larger conservation goals. As he asks in his acceptance speech,
“Who does not love the squeaky sound that squeaker frogs make? I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t.”

Presented by the patron HRH Princess Anne at the ceremony, his share of £35,000 pounds (~$51,000) will help develop alternative livelihoods for the communities who depend on the Giant Squeaker Frog habitat.

Gilbert’s effective strategy is was best summed up by the attendant Sir David Attenborough, who serves as a trustee of the Whitley Fund for Nature:
“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.”

To which Gilbert responded in his acceptance speech:
“Sir, if we can succeed in saving Ghana’s frogs, it would have been on your strong shoulders.”

Gilbert does know what’s best for his country. And it starts with providing access to beekeeping and honey harvesting as an alternative to endangered bush meat. If you want to get involved in this initiative, see below.
So, why frogs?

“If you need yet another reason to save the frogs,” said Gilbert in his speech, “I would like you to imagine a world without Zika disease, and a world without malaria.”

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Besides being the most endangered group of animals of the planet, frogs eat disease vectors, including mosquitos.

Despite all the hard work Gilbert and SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana have accomplished, saving the frogs doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Anyone can a little act with a big impact.

“I encourage every one of you to save the frogs and save the world.”

 

Travel to Africa with SAVE THE FROGS!

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

In September 2016 I will return to Ghana to lead the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition -- and you are invited to join me. Our goal will be to protect Ghana’s amphibian populations, empower the next generation of Ghanaian frog conservationists, and expand the international network of environmentalists interested in protecting West Africa’s endangered amphibians and ecosystems.

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

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

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

— Jacqueline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gilbert Adum Shortlisted For Prestigious Conservation Award

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

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

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

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

www.savethefrogs2.com/ghana

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

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

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

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

www.savethefrogs.com/ghana

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SAVE THE FROGS! Expedition to Ghana: Announcement

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

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

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

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

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The SAVE THE FROGS! 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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