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Why Frogs Are Important

Frog populations have been declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared since 1980, and this is NOT normal: amphibians naturally go extinct at a rate of only about one species every 500 years!!!

Amphibian populations are faced with an array of environmental problems, including pollutioninfectious diseaseshabitat lossinvasive speciesclimate change, and over-harvesting for the pet and food trades. Unless we act quickly, amphibian species will continue to disappear, resulting in irreversible consequences to the planet’s ecosystems and to humans. Frogs eat mosquitoes; provide us with medical advances; serve as food for birds, fish and monkeys; and their tadpoles filter our drinking water. Plus frogs look and sound cool, and kids love them — so there are lots of reasons to save the frogs!

“When we save the frogs, we’re protecting all our wildlife, all our ecosystems and all humans.” 
— Dr. Kerry Kriger, Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, Washington DC, Save The Frogs Day, April 29 2011

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“And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of a whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night?”
— Chief Seattle, 1854

Comments From Supporters:

"Frogs are so important to me. They are my passion & my spirit animal. I support financially the mission of SAVE THE FROGS! and hope to rebuild wetlands one day. Frogs are an important part of the ecosystem. Saving them is important as saving any animal. I am currently studying them and their effects on our environment and find it so interesting."
-- Shelli McLoud, Michigan

"Hi, I have been reading this blog for last couple of days and it just struck me why so many communities are working together to save the frogs. I must say you people are doing great and I would love to participate in any event that can help us saving these species. Thanks, Susan"

"Having been a 15 year resident of the Sierras, and a frequent visitor for another 15 years, I believe it is possible that the frogs were once highly important parts of ecosystems supporting North American species and systems, more than has previously been understood. Just a note: A rescued wolf and I had for years walked moonlit nights among frogs unseen, swallowed by the immensity of sound of calling frogs - louder and more magnificent than a musical symphony. The experience is one you should seek. It will open you more completely to understanding the life of all things, especially those of which we have so little understanding. We have also traveled before dawn, crossing the path hundreds and hundreds of migrating red-bellied newts, on trails later visitors never knew that that impossibly bright and mysterious walker existed. We do not know which species are keystone to the places, the world, we love. But we may expect the possibility that EVERY species is vital, and none should be outside our deepest care and concern."
-- Michael

"Please, protect yellow-legged frogs and Yosemite toads. American wildlife and American people as a whole will benefit significantly through the protection of these frogs and toads. Their population is diminishing drastically and it is clear that without significant human intervention they are doomed to disappear within a near future. We absolutely need to protect them."
-- Muriel Servaege

Why Frogs Are Important

Photo of Rana temporaria from the Netherlands by Angela DeWild, submission to the 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Photo Contest.

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