One of the more overlooked animals is the frog. Found in ponds, streams, and even the rainforest, this amphibian has much to offer. There are a variety of species and colors of frogs found throughout the world. Unlike other animals, most people would not even consider the fact that some species of frogs are in danger of going extinct. This day was created to raise awareness for our amphibian friends and to remind us that they are worthy of our time and appreciation.
History of Save The Frogs Day
Save The Frogs Day was created by the nonprofit amphibian conservation organization, Save The Frogs! This day is a global event of education and conservation and takes place annually on the last Saturday of April. The goal of this holiday is to provide frog enthusiasts with ideas and inspiration to help empower others to help save the frog population. In 2019 Save The Frogs Day conducted 60 educational events in 20 countries. Since the creation of this holiday in 2009 there have been over 1,400 Save The Frogs Day educational events in over 57 countries. These events have helped educate over 10,000 people about the importance of frogs in ecosystems and how they can help protect amphibian populations. Due to the creation of this holiday and the hard work of those in the Save The Frogs organization, the frogs now have a global network of assistance. The next generation is also already being exposed to the necessary knowledge of how to help these amphibians and will be more than willing to do their part to help protect the frogs around the globe.
Examples of Events
There have been numerous events held to help raise awareness for this holiday. Some of the events held include the following:
Protests: Many people celebrated this holiday by holding protests at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Those protesting were against the agency's failure to ban harmful endocrine-disrupting pesticides, which is very damaging to not only the frog population but all that come into contact with it.
Parades: Many countries such as Bangladesh and South Africa hold parades through cities to help raise awareness. This is a fun way to get a large group of people involved and to easily spread the message of conservation.
Art and Photo Exhibits: One of the best ways to spread awareness of a subject is through art. Countries such as Colombia have created frog art and photo exhibits in town centers to showcase local artists and to raise awareness for the local amphibians.
Habitat Restoration: Many places have taken to going to where the frogs are and attempting to restore their habitats to suitable living conditions. In countries such as Ghana and even here in the U.S, many people have organized days of restoration to benefit the frogs and surrounding animals in that ecosystem.
Nature Walks: The best way to feel connected with the frogs is to be in their element. In the United Kingdom, many people have organized nature walks to help others not only realize the importance of saving the frogs, but nature as a whole.
Presentations: Nothing will ever be as effective for getting information across as a good old presentation. Many students across the globe give presentations on Save The Frogs Day to showcase this issue and help raise further awareness.
No matter which way you’d like to celebrate, today is a day to inform and take action in order to save an important animal; the frog.
“I’d kiss a frog even if there was no promise of a Prince Charming popping out of it. I love frogs.” -Cameron Diaz