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Thursday, May 4, 2017
9th Annual Save The Frogs Day
Mural Frog Art
around the globe are in real danger with some 250 species have gone extinct
forever in the last forty years, while one third species of total diversity
(over 7500) are seriously threatened with extinction. These historically
resilient animals that emerged very long ago (300 million years old) on this
planet have been facing so much trouble recently due to human actions knowingly
Habitat fragmentation, land use change, pesticides use, over
collection for food and pet trade, pollution, dissection classes, climate
change, disease and so many other factors either individually or
synergistically have challenged the survival of amphibians. Large populations
of the general public are still uninformed about the importance of amphibians
in ecosystem and the threats they face which have also contributed to the fast
decline of these species. That’s why every year on the last Saturday of April,
there’s a special day where all the amphibian lovers celebrate ‘International
Save The Frogs Day’ in different parts of the world. The reason behind is to
educate the uninformed public about amphibians and spread the message of frogs
Participants of Save The Frogs Day Session I
This year 9th Annual
Save The Frogs Day was marked in Nepal on April 28 at Resources Himalaya
Foundation (RHF), Sanepa, Lalitpur with financial help of WWF Nepal and support
from SAVE THE FROGS! USA and EGH. The frog filled event had wider participation
of school kids, university students, conservationists, academicians and
professionals. Mr Biraj Shrestha, Research Officer of RHF and SAVE THE FROGS!
Task force member was the event coordinator and supported by bunch of
volunteers from EGH executed the event plan into action. There were stalls of
frog face paint, frog tabling, merch and bake sale and lots of other activities
which captivated the visitors.
Art - Artists, Mr Karun
Dewan and his friend leaded the mural frog art work on a huge white cotton
cloth with designs of flowers, mushrooms, plants and amidst was a resting tree
frog with a happy face. Later the coloring session was joined by every
participant of the event from school kids to students and volunteers. The
outcome was splendid.
painting - Ms Sabita Gurung
with other volunteers represented their artistic frog designs on the body parts
Tabling and Merch Sale - This stall
was the information centre for amphibians with frog info cards, paha
conservation posters, t shirts and other merchandises for sale. All the
proceedings go to amphibian conservation endeavors in future.
Photo Exhibition - Total 17 amphibian photographs representing over 8 species were exhibited with their general
information and the locality they are known from.
Video Clips - In total six
a.Life history of Frog (02:34)
b.Disappearing Frogs (03:47)
c.Frog, Chemical, Water, You (17:28)
d.The Thin Green Line (Chemical
e.Amphibian Ark Appeal (04:59)
f.Disappearing Frogs (03:47)
Sale - Yum! Cream and
cherry topping cup cakes designed to resemble like a frog head was at the bake
sale. All the proceedings go to amphibian conservation endeavors in future.
Talk & Felicitation - Dr Dinesh Raj
Bhuju, General Secretary of RHF highlighted a much neglected fact that people
have not actually understood frogs are real friends of human as they help
farmers by controlling farm insects and checking the population of vector
We also had announced the open call for ‘SAVE THE FROGS! Junior Art
Competition’ with deadline on April 25. We received a total of 39 submissions
from grade III to IX students. The top three were awarded with froggy gift
hampers from Dr Kamal Adhikari, Director of RHF. Later our guest of honor, Mr
Ugan Manandhar, Deputy Director, WWF Nepal shared his few words about how
necessary it has become that we need to think about frogs and not forget these
tiny creatures amid the charismatic animals’ conservation only.
Message from Dr Kerry Kriger
- Ecologist and Founder of SAVE THE FROGS!, US based amphibian conservation
nonprofit, Dr Kerry Kriger sent a 12 minute video message specially for the
Nepalese people for helping to spread out amphibian conservation message in
Nepal through bunch of frog loving leaders who have successfully held Save The
Frogs Day in past and greeted the organizers of this year’s event at RHF. He
shared the history of Save The Frogs Day and how big it has grown in these
years with more than 1000 events held since 2009 involving 60 countries.
Remarks - Prof Dr Ram Chhetri,
Chair of RHF had his concluding remarks about how anthropogenic activities have
ultimately affected every living thing on this planet including frogs this time.
Later, he handed certificates of appreciation to our volunteers whose tireless efforts
have brought this event into a froggy fruition.