March 20, 2014 has been designated World Frog Day (also known as Save the Frogs Day) to coincide with the first day of spring. (The release, a day later, of Muppets Most Wanted, starring perhaps the world’s most famous frog, Kermit, is just a happy coincidence.)
First celebrated in 2009, World Frog Day has become the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Many are using this designated day to focus on the worldwide decline in the amphibian population in locations across the globe. Today, one-third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Since 1979, 200 frog species have disappeared completely. This decline in population has been attributed to disease, habitat destruction and modification, climate change, pollution and pesticide use.
In 2013, over 270 events were held as part of Save the Frogs Day in 30 countries around the world.
There is evidence that the frog has been around for 200 million years. Today, there are approximately 5,000 species of frogs in the world from the Wood Frog that freezes and then thaws every winter to the Australian Rocket Frog who can leap over 50 times its own body length. Frogs of one species or another can be found on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica.
How the Frog Helps You
- Tadpoles keep waterways clean by feeding on algae.
- Adult frogs eat large quantities of insects, including those such as mosquitoes that can transmit fatal illnesses to humans.
- Frogs produce a wide array of skin secretions, many of which have the potential to improve human health through their use as pharmaceuticals. (Approximately 10% of Nobel Prizes is Physiology and Medicines have resulted from investigations that used frogs.)
For more information, visit www.savethefrogs.com