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

Kolkata, India: Dr. Kerry Kriger visits the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre

The Rahara Nibedita Art Centre is a privately run art school in Kolkata, India, founded by artist Apurba Banerjee in 1997. The school's students began participating in the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest in 2010 and they celebrate Save The Frogs Day annually by drawing frog art and learning about amphibians. In 2014, the school won a $400 grant from SAVE THE FROGS! to assist their educational and artistic efforts. Much of the centre's art is created using recycled materials.

On March 4th, 2018, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger visited the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre, where the students were engaged in creating frog art with the sounds of Indian classical music filling the air. Local biologist Dr. Swapan Ghosh also joined the event, and gave his encouragement to the students. Students recited poetry and Dr. Kriger and Apurba Banerjee gave brief speeches to encourage the students to pursue their artistic and environmental endeavors.

SAVE THE FROGS! wishes to thank Apurba Banerjee and the staff and students of the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre for their dedicated support of art education and amphibian conservation!

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Dr. Kriger and Dr. Ghosh with students of the art centre.

Read more: Kolkata, India: Dr. Kerry Kriger visits the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre

Dr. Kerry Kriger Visits India & Bangladesh

Empowering Indian & Bangladeshi Citizens To Protect Amphibian Populations:
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger Visits India & Bangladesh

From December 2017 through February 2018, I will visit SAVE THE FROGS! volunteers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Delhi, Dhaka, Chittagong & Sylhet to give presentations and assist them in increasing the effectiveness of their efforts on behalf of amphibians and the environment.

Please donate to support my efforts in India & Bangladesh!

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SAVE THE FROGS! Grant Recipients at the Rahara Nibedita Art Center, Calcutta

Amphibians have been rapidly declining in numbers in recent decades due to pollution, loss of habitat, climate change, invasive species, road mortality, over-harvesting for the pet and food trades, and the infectious disease chytridiomycosis, which is spread by human activity. Frogs feed on mosquitos and thus help protect people from malaria and other vector-borne diseases. Frogs are bio-indicators that serve as an early warning system of environmental degradation. Amphibians are an integral part of the food web, and in protecting amphibians, we simultaneously protect many other wildlife species.

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Save The Frogs Day in Lucknow, India

SAVE THE FROGS! has had an active volunteer base in India since 2009, when the country’s first Save The Frogs Day event was celebrated in Guwahati, Assam. SAVE THE FROGS! now has volunteers throughout India, affording us a unique opportunity to organize our efforts and empower these groups to increase their efforts on behalf of amphibians. I have had a long interest in Indian culture, having studied, performed and taught classical music of northern India (bansuri) since 1996. I visited Uttar Pradesh in 1997 and recently returned to India for the first time in two decades, to both further my musical efforts and to promote amphibian conservation throughout the country. I will speak at schools, universities and conservation centers to encourage youth, teachers and scientists to incorporate amphibians into their curricula and make amphibian conservation a primary focus of their careers.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • Hyderabad, Telangana, India:
    • December 26th presentation at the Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species

  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
    • December 29th presentation at the Madras Snake Park and inauguration of the Herpetology Research Centre
    • Visit to the Madras Croc Bank

  • Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
    • January 3rd to 6th Frogging Expedition and presentations organized by Dr. KV Gururaja
    • Dr. KV Gururaja is Chief Scientist at Gubbi Labs, India Institute of Science and has created Android apps and books on identifying the amphibians of the Western Ghats, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Since 2010 Dr. Gururaja has been organizing Save The Frogs Day events in Bangalore. Dr. Kriger and Dr. Gururaja will organize presentations at schools in the Western Ghats region and visit frog habitats to acquire high quality photographs that can be used for educational and promotional materials.

  • Ajmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
    • January 15th presentations: Zoology Dept Rajasthan University; Kanojia Girls PG College; Kendriya Vidhyalay School
    • January 16th & 17th Presentations in Ajmer at the Regional Institute of Education and Kayad village schools.
    • January 18th & 19th Presentations in Jodhpur at Mahila PG College, Arid Forest Research Institute and Jai Narain Vyas University.
    • January 20th Presentation at Beawar PG College
    • Organized by Professor KK Sharma and the volunteers of Save Environment and Welfare of Animals (SEWA) society, who have been working with full enthusiasm and dedication to stop the decline of frog populations in the western parts of India. Since 2011 they have held over 100 Save The Frogs Day events throughout Rajasthan. The world's smallest frog (Microhila ornate) was reported from the amphibian rich area of this habitat of Western India.
      “Kerry: Me and my Save The Frogs lovers in India have great hopes about your visit to India." 
      -- Dr. Krishan Sharma, Amphibian Biologist, MDS University, Ajmer, India

  • New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, India
    • January 24th Presentation to middle school children at WWF-India's Frogfest

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • January 30th presentation at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University in Gazipur (tentative)

  • Chittagong, Bangladesh
    • Feb 1st week seminar at Chittagong Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (tentative)

  • Rangamati, Bangladesh
    • Feb 5th presentation Green Explore Society (tentative)

  • Sylhet, Bangladesh
    • February 12th presentation; Pradhikar (Sylhet Agriculture University) (tentative)

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Save The Frogs Day in Rajasthan, India

Please contact Dr. Kerry Kriger with questions or sponsorship enquiries.

Save The Frogs Day 2016 in Rajasthan, India

The 8th Annual Save The Frogs Day ( 30th April, 2016) activities were conducted at the following places in different States of India. The Major events conducted were, Seminar, Symposium, Drawing Competition, Quiz competition, Frog Race, Awareness Rally, Road safety for frogs etc. Professor Krishan Kumar Sharma, Former Vice Chancellor MDS University, Ajmer coordinated all the activities in these regions of India. This is the 8th successful programme since inception of Save the Frogs Day by Dr. Kerry Kriger. Kits including flex banners were printed and posted to the concerning programme coordinators. The event was well advertised through the print as well as social media. An event popular among children(Frog race) in Rajasthan was uploaded on YouTube:

We have been regularly doing various activities for frog’s conservation including their monitoring using visual and acoustic tools and feel proud to announce that Frogs have now better opportunities for their survival in India, thanks to Dr. Kerry Krieger and his entire dedicated team for such an important international effort to save beautiful, tiny and ignored creatures ”The Frogs” Dr. Neha Sharma, President, Save Environment and Welfare of Animals (SEWA) Society, India. The event was celebrated in many states of India coordinated by Prof.Krishan Kumar Sharma. These includes Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Karnataka, Uttarakhand involving more than 1500 main attendies and message carried to more than 7000 people. Below are some photos from those events.

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Save The Frogs Day 2016 in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh

Scientific Lecture on “Importance of frog in Ecosystem” Drawing and Painting Object: Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. The 8th Annual Save The Frogs Day will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 2016. On this day we encourage the appreciation and celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life. Only a small proportion of the public is aware that frogs are disappearing, and amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful with an un-informed public. Goal: Our goal was to make the amphibian extinction crisis common knowledge, and Save The Frogs Day is our best way to make this happen!

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“Save Frog Save Ecosystem” INAUGURAL FUNCTION: The International 8th Annual Save The Frogs Day on 30 April 2016 inaugurated by Subject Expert Prof. Gouri Sanago Government Girls College Chhatarpur, Chief Guest Prof. H. N. Khare Government Maharaja College Chhatarpur, Special Guest Prof. Govind Singh Principal Government Naveen College Nowgong, Special Guest Mrs. Vandana Dubey, Vice President Women Wing, Bhartiya Janata Party, Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Ashwani Kumar Dubey Executive Director and Members of Environment & Social Welfare Society Khajuraho-471606 Madhya Pradesh, India, Scientist and Students of Godavari Academy of Science and Technology, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh and other distinguished guests, participants listener including media were present in this event.

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After worship of Goddess Saraswati and welcome of our Guest Dr. Ashwani Kumar Dubey Executive Director of Environment & Social Welfare Society, focussed progress report of the ESW Society. Key note address by Prof. Gouri Sanago Government Girls College Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh State India focused on Habit and habitat, Identification, about species, Reproduction, Parental care, cause of decline, conservation process and about the importance of frog in food chain.

Chief Guest Prof. H. N. Khare Government Maharaja College Chhatarpur discussed about the evolution of frog and also expected to Scientist and Students of Godavari Academy of Science and Technology, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh for search new species of the frog which may get in this surrounding area. Special Guest Prof. Govind Singh Principal Government Naveen College Nowgong said its appreciating programme and will be helpful for species conservation in future. He had also given thanks to Institute of California for collaboration with us. Special Guest Mrs. Vandana Dubey, Vice President Women Wing, Bhartiya Janata Party, Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh focused on scientific temper of students

Dr. Ashwani Kumar Dubey, Executive Director and President & Organizing Secretary of The International Save The Frogs Day delivered his presidential address emphasized the role of ESW Society in Environment and Social welfare. Focused on frog conservation for maintain food chain and ecosystem for our amphibians especially various species of frogs. He also discussed how these frogs controlled various dangerous diseases like Malaria by eating larvae of insect such as mosquito. Speech of College and School Students Nakul Tiwari, Jaiprakash Patel, Akash Yadav, Sachin Choubey, Research Scholar Ramchandra Ahirwar have given lectures and express various views summarized as follows: Road accident is the major cause of declining frog during breading period (Rainy). We should totally stop practical on frog. Farmers must be avoided chemical fertilizer in agriculture practice. We should go for organic farming. We should conserve all species for improve our biodiversity status.
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Award ceremony: Certificate given to all participants and Guest were honoured by Mementos of Environent and Social Welfare Society Khajuraho India. Programme announced by Miss. Usha Ahirwar Vote of Thanks given by Dr. Ashwani Kumar Dubey.

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Drawing & Painting event arranged. Mr Mudit Dubey, Mr. Abhy Yadav, Rishi Tripathi from Junior group and Mr. Rishi Tiwari, Jaiprakash Patel Ved Prakash Prajapati from Senior group School Students made beautiful painting with colours in the surrounding background and awarded for First second and Third award for appreciation.

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This event was organized by Dr. Ashwani Kumar Dubey (FESW;FIASc;FSLSc.) President & Organizing Secretary Godavari Academy of Science and Technology, Chhatarpur India Website: www.godavariacademy.com

The Indian Bullfrog: in imminent danger

Hunting, capturing and killing of any frog species is banned in the state of Goa under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Similarly, serving frog meat in restaurants or private establishments is illegal and can result in a fine and/or imprisonment. (Photo of Indian Bullfrog by Nirmal Kulkarni)

Nirmal Kulkarni of Goa Wild Watch brings us this update from Goa, India:

The South West monsoons have swept across the state and pulled a luxuriant green carpet on our wild as well as urban landscapes. Amidst the sprouting of new shoots and the flowering of seasonal herbs are the distinct calls of the frogs that herald the arrival of the monsoons - a season of vibrant life and joy for most species – for most species other than the frogs themselves!

Read more: The Indian Bullfrog: in imminent danger

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