Friday, 4 November 2011

Saving Ghana's vanishing frogs

One of Ghana's 78 recorded frogs: Leptopeles spiritusnoctis. Photo by: SAVE THE FROGS!.

Frogs need all the help they can get. With the IUCN Red List estimating that 41 percent of amphibians are endangered, frogs are currently the world's most imperiled animal family. Scientists estimate that around 200 amphibian species have been lost to extinction in recent decades to habitat loss, pollution, and a devastating fungal disease. Yet as the frog emergency worsens, there have been positive movements in conservation. The most recent comes from the small West African country of Ghana. Partnering with the enthusiastic US-based organization, SAVE THE FROGS!, two Ghanaian herpetologists, Gilbert Baase Adum and Caleb Ofori, have started a sister branch in their country: SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. This is West Africa's first conservation group devoted exclusively to amphibians.

"Born to a hunting tribe in northern Ghana, my first and immediate interest in frogs was for their 'meat'. I feel ashamed to always confess it. It was not until my secondary school days when I repented of eating frog meat and then at university I developed another interest, this time to save them," Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, Gilbert Baase Adum told

Adum's says Ghana's 78 known species of frog are facing a number of impacts, including logging, mining, overconsumption, roads, herbicides, and a general lack of awareness among the people and policy makers.

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Jeremy Hance

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