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Save the Frogs of Central America
Guilaine Jean-Pierre | Jun 24, 2014
Topic category: Volunteering & Study
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The Craugastor Tabasarae of Panama

Amphibians, especially frogs, are among the most endangered species in the Americas, and there is an opportunity now to help save them by volunteering with the Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project in Panama.

The organization, which is generously supported by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, is offering a chance to participate in the front line of the battle against amphibian extinctions. Two volunteers are needed to assist project staff; this is a start-up project, so funds are limited. Here's how you can help:

What the Project Expects from Volunteers

A minimum commitment of two weeks is required, with a strong preference for longer periods.

You'll have to organize your own transportation and accommodations - the organization has prepared a volunteer travel guide to Gamboa. Also required: a positive attitude, some Spanish speaking ability, and a willingness to work long hours 6 days per week.

Volunteers will perform manual tasks, such as cleaning cages, mopping floors, and collecting food and plants. They are also able to pursue a self-guided project, after discussion of their skills and interests with project staff.

What the Project Provides

In return, volunteers have the priceless chance to experience an exciting, on-the ground conservation venture, and to work with endangered species and some of the leading scientists in their field. Volunteers can also expect to receive:

  • Training in the basics of amphibian husbandry
  • Use of a cell phone, a Panama guide book, a guide to frogs of the Canal zone
  • All equipment and materials needed to complete their tasks
  • Opportunity to participate in Smithsonian lectures at Tupper center and Barro Colorado islands
  • Occasional opportunities to participate in field sampling and rescue operations

Learn more about the program and how you can help.

A modern day "Noahs Ark" to save amphibians from a deadly disease that's killing them at alarming rates.

Tags: Conservation, Wildlife, Central America,
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Clorox has teamed up with Animal Planet to help fund a multimedia project calling attention to the deadly fungus that is destroying frog and amphibian populations. All the tools used in the frog rescue are disinfected with Clorox bleach.

The leading cause of amphibian extinction is habitat destruction, but a deadly fungus known as chytrid has dramatically increased the rate of extinction, especially in Panama, Costa Rica and other Central American countries. Additional factors include climate change, environmental degradation, and unsustainable exploitation of wildlife.

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