Presentation by Dr. Kaya Klop-Toker:
Plight of the Green and Golden Bell Frog (and Current Conservation Measures)
On June 7th, 2017 (June 8th Australia time), we will hold another session of the SAVE THE FROGS! Australia New Zealand Video Conference. Amphibian biologist & SAVE THE FROGS! Volunteer Dr. Kaya Klop-Toker will give a presentation on the decline of the Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea) and the large amount of research, captive breeding, and reintroduction programs conducted for this species by the University of Newcastle’s Conservation Biology Research Group. This free online event will consist of half hour presentation followed by ample time for discussion about all things related to the conservation of amphibians in the South Pacific.
Jun 7, 2017 (USA) Los Angeles time: 5pm-6pm
Jun 8, 2017 (AU/NZ) Sydney time: 10am-11am
Photo of Green & Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea) by Dr. Kaya Klop-Toker
Kaya is a young zoologist who has worked with frogs for nearly a decade. Her tertiary education began with an undergraduate degree in Zoology from Otago University in New Zealand, followed by an Honours degree from Adelaide University, and a recently completed Ph.D. focusing on the conservation of threatened green and golden bell frogs at the University of Newcastle. In between these periods of study, Kaya expanded her frog catching skills by volunteering for multiple researchers and conservation groups in Ecuador, Bolivia, Madagascar, and Western Australia. Kaya also worked for the New Zealand Department of Conservation on a project monitoring populations of the cryptic and rarely seen Archey’s Frog (Leiopelma archeyi). The rapid need to protect declining frog populations drives Kaya to continue working with these species, as does their ecological importance, and fascinating natural history.
Dr. Kerry Kriger is the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, a nonprofit organization that has held over 2,000 educational events in 57 countries to raise awareness of the world’s rapidly disappearing amphibian populations. He is also a musician who has been studying, teaching, recording and performing the classical music of northern India on bamboo flute since 1996. Dr. Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and has traveled to over 65 countries. His nonprofit efforts in western Africa led him to being inducted as Chief of Environment and Development in the remote village of Yawkrom, in the Western Region of Ghana.