Save The Frogs!

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Have we ever had a 'frog blog' story on our blog before? I don't think we have! To continue our series of blogs celebrating the World Museum's 150th anniversary, we've got some news from our resident frog fanatic and Aquarist, Phil Lewis. Read on to find out what he's currently working on at the museum...

Save the Frogs is an international team of scientists, educators, policymakers and naturalists dedicated to protecting the worlds amphibian species: the frogs, toads, newts, salamanders and ceacilians.  It is the first and only public charity dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation.

Man holding a huge frog.

Phil with one of his froggy friends in Honduras.

Worldwide frogs and other amphibians have been declining at an alarming rate with nearly one third of amphibian species threatened with extinction.  This means that out of the 6,485 species of amphibian on our planet up to 2000 of them may go extinct before the end of the 21st century.

Save The Frogs Day (30 April 2010) is now an internationally recognised day aimed at raising awareness about the global amphibian extinction crisis.  I think it's great that events and activities are being held around the globe to highlight this problem and make it common knowledge as soon as possible! 

To join in, I will be organising and coordinating lots of Save The Frogs events at World Museum from Friday 30 April – Monday 3 May. Activities will include three talks featuring live tropical frogs and a chance to take part in a quiz, with prizes to win, at the end.  There will be an amphibian trail around the museum with more prizes to win, along with badge making, face painting, colouring and drawing activities. You can also enter an art contest with the best frog picture winning a prize.  All prizes were purchased from where the proceeds will go towards amphibian conservation projects.

My aim is to give people a better understanding of why it so important to conserve the worlds amphibians both for humans and for the planet's eco-systems.