On July 19, Dr. Kerry Kriger, visited the Wildlife Experience in Parker, and taught young and old about the worldwide disappearance of frog …
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On July 19, Dr. Kerry Kriger, visited the Wildlife Experience in
Parker, and taught young and old about the worldwide disappearance
of frog populations.
“I have been into environmental science for a long time, and did
my Ph.D research when I went to Australia for four years,” Kriger
According to Kriger, frog populations have been disappearing at
unprecedented rates worldwide, due to many environmental
Climate change, habitat loss and pollution are just a couple of
the threats affecting frog populations. Nearly one-third of the
world’s 6,418 amphibian species are threatened with extinction. At
least 100 species have completely disappeared since 1980.
Kriger said there are simple things we can do to reduce the
“In rural areas, don’t use pesticides,” he said. “A lot of
ranching, farmers should fence off stream areas, and keep cattle
off. They cover up tadpoles.” He also recommends not purchasing
frogs as pets, and not to eat frog legs, or drink bottled
“To make plastic water bottles, one bottle uses twice as much
water to make,” Kriger said. “All the tributaries are drying up,
and then frogs loose their lives.”
Kriger said in Colorado, global warming is an important factor
contributing to the loss of frog popuplations.
“With the climate in the mountains, humans could move further up
mountains to cool off,” Kriger said. “Frogs would have to move to
the top, and they can’t move any higher.”
SAVE THE FROGS!, is a non-profit organization dedicated to
amphibian conservation, created by Kriger in May 2008. An
international team of scientists, educators, policymakers and
naturalists are dedicated to protecting the frogs.
Kriger was recently educating visitors about his mission at
Yellowstone Park. He is planning to visit University of Colorado at
Boulder, and the University of Colorado, Denver while speaking in
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