The Commonwealth of Dominica will join the rest of the world in the observance of “Save the Frog Day” on April 27th, 2013.
In an effort to raise awareness of the plight of amphibians, the scientific community has declared Saturday April 27th, 2013, the 5th Annual “Save the Frog Day”.
The scientific community encourages the appreciation and celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life. Only a small proportion of our public is aware that frogs are disappearing and amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful with an un-informed public.
Dominica is home to four species of amphibians all from the Leptodactylidae family of frogs. Eleutherodactylus amplinympha or Gounouj is in the transition zone between montane rainforest elfin woodland.
Eleutherodactylus johnstonei or Lesser Antillean whistling frog is a recent introduction. Eleutherodactylus martinicensis or Tink frog is a regional endemic and is abundant in the rainforest but uncommon in dry coastal forest and finally Leptodactylus fallax or mountain chicken is another is another regional endemic. Its natural range on the west coast of Dominica is from sea level to 400m above sea level. The populations are infected with chytridiomycosis which is a fungal disease caused by the Chytrid fungus. It is the national dish of Dominica, However because of the impact of the disease it has received legal protection since 2002.
The Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division made a presentation on Frog Conservation at the Massacre Primary School on Wednesday 24th April, 2013, ahead of the April 27th, 2013 observation.
The frogs of Dominica need you. Help protect them today.
For further information contact the Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division at