Saving South African frogs, one frog at a time

As an indicator species, frogs tell us whether our planet is doing well or if we are in trouble. Right now the message from frogs is that we need to take better care of our wetlands and water resources. With frogs' importance in mind and to encourage people to love frogs and take care of their habitats, uShaka Sea World will be celebrating National Frogs' Day from 24 to 27 February 2017.

On 29 February the day will be dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of amphibians worldwide and in South Africa. Leap day for frogs will be celebrated countrywide.

South Africa boasts a rich amphibian biodiversity with 135 named species in 13 different families. Around 15 percent of these are listed in top threatened categories. Worldwide 33 percent of all amphibians are threatened, making them the most threatened class of vertebrates.

Nokuthula Mdlalose shows a little love for a bull frog. (Image: uShaka Sea World)

 

To learn more about these amazing amphibians, visit the exhibition outside Dangerous Creatures in the uShaka Village Walk, where our experienced staff and herpetologists will be available from 10am to 4pm daily to answer your questions about frogs and wetlands.

These important animals are disappearing all over our planet, largely because of habitat destruction and pollution. As humans we benefit directly from the role frogs play in ecosystems as they feed on insects and help protect us from diseases. If frogs became extinct, just imagine how many more mosquitoes would be biting us at night!

Visit our frog exhibit and pledge your commitment to caring for frogs to get an amazing 50 percent discount on entry to Dangerous Creatures

Ramini Naidoo, Marle Benade and Nokuthula Mdlalose give a little love to frogs this February. (Image: uShaka Sea World)

How we can all help to care for frogs:

  • Think before you pour toxic chemicals down the drain – remember that your waste water may land up in a river or wetland
  • Do not use harmful pesticides in your garden
  • If you see a frog on the road – give it a chance to cross the road and do not run over it
  • Celebrate if you are lucky enough to have frogs in your garden – it means that you have a healthy garden
  • Save water
  • Do not eat frogs' legs
  • Choose eco-friendly household products featuring these words on their labelling: non-toxic; non-petroleum based; free of ammonia, phosphates and dyes; biodegradable; ozone-friendly; re-useable and recyclable; enzyme-active; organic and fragrance-free.

Download practical information on how you can help protect our frogs below:

How you can help save SA's frogs

Recipes for frog-friendly cleaning products

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