Sticking Up for the Amphibians of the World. Based in Santa Cruz, Save the Frogs is the country’s first and only public charity committed to protecting the mysterious little creatures. It's a good thing somebody is doing it, since frogs are the most endangered group of animals on the planet, with nearly one third of the planet’s 6,317 species on the brink of extinction. Since 1978, some 200 species have disappeared completely. This aggressive decline is largely due to infectious diseases, habitat destruction, pollution and pesticides, climate change, and over-harvesting for the pet and, yes, food trades.
Every April, Save the Frogs sponsors "Save the Frogs Day," an international day of amphibian recognition. Thirty-eight countries participate in Save the Frogs Day with the goal of educating the world about the oldest vertebrates on the planet.
"When we save the frogs, we’re protecting all our wildlife, all our ecosystems and all humans," says Dr. Kerry Kriger, who founded the organization in 2008 and now serves as its executive director.
What Kriger means is that frogs are considered "bioindicators." Since they are hypersensitive to environmental factors and toxins, their health represents the health of the biosphere as a whole.
Kriger gives free presentations throughout the year at universities, schools, and community groups to help spread the word about amphibian conservation.
For amazing frog facts, the FrogBlog and information on how to get involved, visit the Save the Frogs website.
Contact Save the Frogs at:
Save the Frogs!
303 Potrero Street, # 51
Santa Cruz, CA 95060