Save Ghana Frogs
MISSION & HISTORY.
Founded in September 2011, Save Ghana Frogs is West Africa’s first nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation. The mission of Save Ghana Frogs is to protect Ghana’s amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.
The number of frogs species and frogs themselves have been declining at unprecedented rates, not only in Ghana, but worldwide . Up to 200 species have already completely disappeared since 1980, with nearly one-third of the world’s remaining amphibian species threatened with extinction. Amphibian populations are faced with an array of environmental problems, including infectious diseases, climate change, habitat loss, pollution, invasive species, and over-harvesting for the pet and food trades. In Ghana alone, over 80% of Ghana's original rainforests have been cleared, resulting in a third of the country's amphibians now under threat. Frogs are vitally important to ecosystems as they eat mosquitoes and their tadpoles filter our drinking water.
Save Ghana Frogs works on a variety of efforts, including growing the number of Ghanaian amphibian biologists; creating a new national park in the biodiverse Atewa Hills, which is currently under threat from diamond, gold and bauxite mining; instituting programs to replace the frog meat trade and illegal logging with sustainable, environmentally-friendly sources of income; and producing up-to-date field guides and other educational materials that will go to every high school in the country. Save Ghana Frogs has also been working tirelessly since 2011 to protect the critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua).
Save Ghana Frogs is incredibly thankful for the generosity and support we receive from our amazing partners. Without their help, we would not be able to do the critically important work we are doing to help amphibian conservation, education, and protection.