SAVE THE FROGS! hopes to extend its amphibian conservation movement to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a small country with rich biodiversity in South East Asia. The amphibian populations are declining rapidly and it is assumed that many unknown species may go extinct before they are identified. The major threats to amphibians are the use of pesticides, climate change, habitat destruction, frog dissections, deforestation, and the illegal export of frog legs. Dr. Kerry Kriger, Founder of SAVE THE FROGS!, has offered to help Nurul Islam and Dr. Shahneaz Ali Khan create a SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh.
The five members of SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh have already had their first meeting in Chittagong, Bangladesh. On December 14, 2011 they visited a school in a remote village near Sitakundu Eco Park. The students aged from 12-17 and were taught about amphibian conservation and the importance of frogs. They distributed some outreach material among the students illustrating the role of frogs to the ecosystem and their threats.
Dr. Amir Hossan Shaikat, Lecturer at Chittagong Veterinary & Animal Sciences University delivered a brief talk among the students. He put emphasis on the threats to frog populations in Bangladesh. He also described a way to help the amphibian population in Bangladesh. The talk was very successful.
The students are very interested to learn more about the biology of frogs and their role in the environment. The headmaster of the school appreciated the initiative and said he would continue the unit on frogs. He also said that this type of education helps the young people increase their respect of wildlife. The day long program was coordinated by Nurul Islam, of SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh.
You can contact Nurul Islam by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org