Reflections on the June 2016 STF! Ecuador Ecotour

In June 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! led a group of 17 Americans through the rainforests and cloud forests of Ecuador for 12 days on the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador EcotourBelow are the reflections and photos of ecotour participant George Quiroga, a professional photographer and wildlife enthusiast who joined us in Ecuador.

I am finally unwinding and have some time before my flight home to reflect on my days in Ecuador these past couple of weeks. It has been a wonderful trip of beautiful scenery, spectacular wildlife, new friendships, rich history, wonderful food, amazing experiences, and boundless new knowledge. There has been adventure, physical challenges, emotional moments hearing of local tragedies, but also the jubilation of discovering awesome creatures, breathtaking scenery, and the camaraderie developed with like-minded enthusiasts along the way.

Phyllomedusa George Quiroga

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Metamorphosis Yoga Sequence To Save The Frogs

This fun movement series is designed to get you moving and thinking like a frog to celebrate the international Save The Frogs Day! Today, all around the world, people are celebrating their shared loved for a group of animals often overlooked. Frogs may not be the first thought on your mind this Saturday, but with any luck from the SAVE THE FROGS! family perhaps they’ll hop into your mind this last Saturday of April, the 8th annual Save The Frogs Day.

My goal is to bring attention to amphibian conservation by studying the effects of human land uses on frog and toad populations in the Ecuadorian cloud forest. My goal is to give this information back to the community, particularly the youth. So, I’ve developed a fun interactive learning series that incorporates every sense for a well-rounded educational class. Throughout the sequence, focus on how your body responds to the poses and wonder what it’s like to be a frog!

Chelsea teaches youth in Ecuador about metamorphosis through yoga
Chelsea teaches
metamorphosis through yoga to youth in Ecuador

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Over 139 amphibian species identified in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Scientists identify Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park as one of the most biodiverse places on Earth A team of scientists has documented that Yasuní National Park, located in the core of the Ecuadorian Amazon, is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The new study details how Yasuní shatters world records for a wide … Continue reading Over 139 amphibian species identified in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Over 139 amphibian species identified in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Scientists identify Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park as one of the most biodiverse places on Earth

A team of scientists has documented that Yasuní National Park, located in the core of the Ecuadorian Amazon, is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The new study details how Yasuní shatters world records for a wide array of plant and animal groups, from amphibians to trees to insects.

“Yasuní is at the center of a small zone where South America’s amphibians, birds, mammals, and vascular plants all reach maximum diversity,” said Dr. Clinton Jenkins of the University of Maryland. “We dubbed this area the ‘quadruple richness center.’”

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