In 2016, I led a project in saving the stream dependent mountain frogs (locally called “Paha”) in the highlands of Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepal. Paha are hunted widely in the mountains of Nepal, including the lower settlements of Manaslu, primarily for food use and secondarily for presumed health benefits. Continue reading Frog Hunting In Nepal: Research Results From The 2017 SAVE MANASLU’S FROGS! Expedition
SAVE THE FROGS! is an international organization that has pioneered efforts to improve the welfare of frogs worldwide and has set up an international network of volunteers. The difficulties facing amphibians in Nepal is what attracted SAVE THE FROGS! Member & Scholarship Recipient Bandana Adhikari to the organization. With a Master’s in Environmental Science under her belt, she is keen to pursue a career in the field of wildlife and conservation. Continue reading Introducing Bandana Adhikari from Nepal
For Manoj Pokharel, based in Nepal, frogs are “an irreplaceable part of nature” and it is their uniqueness that he finds so fascinating. What prompted him to become actively involved in conservation was the realization that despite their importance to the ecosystem, frogs and other amphibians are the most threatened group of organisms on the planet. Continue reading Introducing Manoj Pokharel from Nepal
The 2019 SAVE THE FROGS! World Summit was held at the Birla Planetarium in Kolkata, India on February 8th and 9th, 2019. Over 200 amphibian conservationists and frog enthusiasts from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and the USA attended this free event. Continue reading The SAVE THE FROGS! World Summit: Kolkata, India (February 8th & 9th, 2019)
Long-time SAVE THE FROGS! volunteer Biraj Shrestha from Nepal has won a full fellowship for two years to attend the prestigious University of California, Santa Cruz. Biraj will be enrolled in the Masters Program in Coastal Science and Policy, a recently introduced program under the faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Biraj is one of … Continue reading Biraj Shrestha wins fellowship to attend University of California at Santa Cruz
Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Task Force Member Biraj Shrestha for winning his first grant from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. The $2,500 award will enable the Biraj and his team to research Rara Lake frogs in western Nepal and gather more information about these data deficient species. This award will greatly benefit the amphibians of Nepal!
SAVE THE FROGS! Task Force Member Biraj Shrestha returned to the Manaslu Conservation Area in March 2017 for a three week research expedition into some of the world’s most dangerous montane amphibian habitats. The “SAVE MANASLU’S FROGS! Research Expedition” was the first expedition of its kind. SAVE THE FROGS! thanks our generous donors who helped us raise $1,700 to fund this frog conservation initiative. Read on to learn about SAVE THE FROGS! Task Force Member Biraj Shrestha’s first-hand account to protect the beautiful stream frogs of Manaslu in Nepal’s remote Himalayas.
Budhi Gandaki River flowing swiftly
On the 9th Annual Save The Frogs Day, Environmental Graduates in Himalaya (EGH) along with Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal organized a day-long amphibian conservation program on 28th April, 2017 in Sanepa, Nepal. The event was categorized into two sessions; Celebration with School Kids (Session I) and University Students (Session II) that included activities like photo exhibition, frog painting, mural art, merch and bake sale along with the short video clips depicting the information about the frogs. Mr. Ugan Manandhar, Deputy Director of WWF Nepal and the Chief Guest for the program, presented on the traditional importance of frogs and their need for greater conservation efforts, which was followed by the prize distribution for the ‘Junior Art Competition’ conducted on 25th April. A total of 62 students attended and the program ended with the closing remarks of Prof Dr Ram B Chhetri, RHF Chairperson. Later, he handed certificates of appreciation to our volunteers whose tireless efforts have brought this event into a froggy fruition.
Dear Frog Lovers,
Greetings from the Himalayas! It gives me great pleasure to share with you that I have won a Future Leader of Conservation Award and will be participating in the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS) to be held at Canterbury, UK this year from June 23-26. The award funds my travel expenses from Nepal. This will be my second time leaving Nepal (my first international trip was to Indonesia). I will be giving an oral presentation at the conference entitled “Saving Stream Dwelling Frogs (Paha) in the remote mountains of Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepal”.
The Budhi Gandaki River in Manaslu, Nepal
At the request of SAVE THE FROGS! Task Force Member Biraj Shrestha, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger recorded a 12-minute video message to be shown at the Save The Frogs Day 2017 event Biraj is organizing in Nepal with the Resources Himalaya Foundation.
Watch the video here: