Save The Frogs Day

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Events to be held globally to raise awareness of frog extinctions

Manassas, VA – Conservation organization SAVE THE FROGS! recently declared April 28th as the first annual ‘Save The Frogs Day’. The goal is to raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of frog species worldwide. Save The Frogs Day events are planned in nearly a dozen countries, including the United States, Canada, Italy, China, and Australia.

In recognition of Save The Frogs Day, scientists worldwide will deliver presentations about the amphibian extinction crisis to local schools, zoos and community groups this April 28th. Teachers and students will focus on amphibian conservation, learning about threats to frogs and discussing ways to contribute to conservation efforts. Events for schools also include participating in frog art and frog poetry contests.

Nearly one-third of the world’s 6,485 amphibian species are threatened with extinction, and at least 150 species have completely disappeared since 1980. “Habitat destruction is the primary threat to frogs in lowland areas” says Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder of SAVE THE FROGS!, and a deadly skin disease caused by a chytrid fungus is spreading through mountainous regions and driving frog species to extinction within months of its arrival”.

Millions of frogs are shipped worldwide each year for use as pets or food, and few regulations exist to prevent the transport of infected individuals. Sick frogs inevitably escape into the wild and introduce their disease to places where the native frogs have no evolved defenses. To make matters worse, pesticides and global warming weaken frogs’ immune systems, making them more susceptible to infectious diseases.
 
The amphibian extinction crisis has received very little attention, so Dr. Kriger hopes that Save The Frogs Day will dramatically increase frog awareness on a global scale. “This is one of the most significant environmental issues of the 21st century. Unless we act quickly, amphibian species will continue to disappear, resulting in irreversible consequences to Earth’s ecosystems and to humans,” Kerry says.  

You can learn more about Save The Frogs Day at www.savethefrogs.com/day           


Contact:
Kerry Kriger, Ph.D.
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Tel: 703-376-7945
kerry@savethefrogs.com
 

About SAVE THE FROGS!

SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs.com) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in May 2008. SAVE THE FROGS! is comprised of an international team of scientists, educators, policymakers and naturalists dedicated to protecting the world’s amphibian species through environmental education, scientific research, legal defense and the acquisition of critical habitat.