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Save Frogs From Extinction!
We're racing to save frogs from a disease outbreak. Help us keep them from croaking!
Jonathan Kolby
Cusuco National Park, Honduras
$25,659 USD total funds raised
100% funded on June 5, 2016

Did you miss your chance to donate? Just choose your Perk (on the right side of this page) and donation amount!  Because we met our first fundraising goal in June, Indiegogo will allow us to continue accepting donations on this page to help support ongoing construction and operational costs at the frog rescue facility. Feel free to contact us at info@frogrescue.com any time you like! Thank you for caring about our froggy friends! 

Would you like to receive our project updates? Visit our site FrogRescue.com and sign up at the bottom of the page.


Help Save Frogs in Honduras!

Hello, and thank you for visiting our page! My name is Jonathan and I'm a National Geographic Explorer and PhD candidate at James Cook University.  My frog rescue team is racing to save species from extinction.  We need your help to finish building the Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center to get this program hopping!

In Honduras, three species of endangered frogs in Cusuco National Park are slipping towards extinction caused by a deadly pathogen called amphibian chytrid fungus.  This pathogen is spreading around the world, but unfortunately the amazing amphibians of Honduras have received little conservation attention.  Now, the frogs need our help!

The three frogs we're racing to save are pictured below.  They are: 1) the Cusuco spike-thumb frog (Plectrohyla dasypus), 2) the Exquisite spike-thumb frog (Plectrohyla exquisita), and 3) the Mossy red-eyed frog (Duellmanohyla soralia).

  


Why Save the Frogs?

Protecting these beautiful frogs is important for many reasons. For example:

  • Frog tadpoles act as “river lawn mowers” and protect clean drinking water.  Many tadpoles eat algae and other plant material which keeps rivers clean, impacting hundreds of thousands of people living nearby.
  • Frogs can also help control the spread of human diseases transmitted by mosquitoes such as malaria, dengue, and Zika. The tadpoles of some frogs are carnivorous and kill mosquito eggs and larvae. Globally, hundreds of millions of people are infected by a mosquito borne illness each year resulting in over one million deaths.
  • Frogs are an important food source for many other animals.  A diversity of fish, birds, snakes, mammals, and insects prey upon frogs and would have a difficult time finding enough food to eat if they disappeared.
  • Amphibians are beautiful creatures that play a role in many cultures and help inspire children to become interested in protecting the natural world.


Rescue Site: Cusuco National Park

The three endangered species we're working to protect live in Cusuco National Park, a breathtaking rainforest that sits in the clouds on top of a mountain in Honduras. We have been working here for nearly 10 years, studying these amazing animals in the wild.

 

Cusuco National Park (Cusuco) is located in the Merendon Mountains of northwestern Honduras.  Cusuco harbors remarkable biodiversity and is ranked among the “top 100 most irreplaceable sites” in the world from an analysis of over 173,000 protected areas.  In Cusuco, there are 14 amphibian species listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with five also endemic to this one location.  For this reason, Cusuco is also recognized as a site of global importance by the Alliance for Zero Extinction.  

More broadly, Cusuco is part of the “Meso-American biodiversity hotspot” and protects a variety of additional threatened and endangered species, including Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii), jaguar (Panthera onca), ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), margay (Leopardus wiedii), jaguarondi (Herpailurus yagouaroundi), Geoffroy’s spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), the Golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) and resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno).  During our frog rescue project, we will help raise global awareness about the need to protect this critically important rainforest for all the incredible wildlife it supports.


How Will We Save The Frogs?

To protect these frogs from extinction, we recently started building the Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center (HARCC) at Lancetilla Botanical Gardens in Tela, Honduras.  When completed, HARCC will become the headquarters for our long-term frog rescue program.

Once fully operational, our frog rescue activities will begin with a "head-start" program to keep these three endangered species alive in the wild: we will collect large numbers of baby frogs from the rainforest in Cusuco before they die from chytridiomycosis (the disease caused by chytrid infection), transport them to our biosecure HARCC facility where we can cure their chytrid infection, care for them in this safe environment until they become strong healthy adults with better immune systems, and then reintroduce these healthy adults back into the rainforest.  These adult frogs have greater resistance to disease than their babies, so this head-start approach aims to increase the number of adult frogs breeding in the wild and producing offspring to help offset the high death rate of juveniles.  This conservation method has previously been successful in assuring the survival of a variety wildlife species, but has rarely been applied to help frogs combat chytrid fungus in the wild. 

We believe this method will stabilize and hopefully increase frog populations in Cusuco and reduce the likelihood of extinction.  By repeating this year after year, it will also allow natural selection to continue searching for animals genetically resistant to this disease, and eventually these frogs might be able to develop their own immunity over time.  

At the same time as head-starting, we will also operate a captive breeding program to protect populations for reintroduction if sudden unpredictable extinction occurs (e.g from natural disasters like forest fires or illegal habitat destruction, both of which  we have already observed in Cusuco).

  


What We Need 

We previously raised the funds needed to begin constructing the HARCC rescue facility, but now we need your help to finish the job!

Your contributions will go towards:

  • Frog life-support equipment (air conditioners, water pumps, water sterilizers, veterinary medicine, etc.) needed for our frog rescue laboratory
  • Construction of an insect rearing facility (to produce frog food)
  • Construction of a water tower (to produce frog-safe water)
  • Employment for HARCC staff 
  • Frog rescue activities (disease & population surveys in Cusuco)


Perks for You! 

To show our appreciation for your support, we have some nifty perks for you!  

Some of these include photographs of the endangered species you're helping to save, beautiful hand-painted artwork, and even a rainforest tour to see these amazing frogs in the wild!

***A perk for EVERYONE! Every dollar counts and we truly appreciate each donation! If you make ANY contribution to this campaign, we will publicly thank you on our website at www.FrogRescue.com when this campaign is finished.  Please Note: We fully respect your privacy, so if for any reason you do not want to be listed on our website, just send a quick message to info@FrogRescue.com and we will be happy to oblige!***


The Impact 

The conservation program developed at HARCC will become an increasingly important global response model to help combat amphibian extinction caused by chytrid fungus.  This pathogen continues to spread uncontrolled around the world and chytrid-free habitats are disappearing.  We need to explore potential solutions within this context, and that's exactly what we're trying to accomplish by working to keep these endangered frog species alive in the wild.  The conservation work performed by HARCC will become the first in Honduras, and one of few in the world, to reintroduce large numbers of adult amphibians back into their original chytrid-positive habitat in a major attempt to prevent disease-driven extinction of wild populations.


Risks & Challenges

To minimize risks involved with this project, we previously invested several years of research and planning into this effort to increase the likelihood of long-term success.  We now possess a strong foundation of international partners, involving biologists, amphibian care experts, and government authorities in the USA, Honduras, and the UK. Click HERE to read more about the core HARCC team members.  

Every dollar counts! If we exceed our fundraising goal, additional funds will go towards housing repair costs to fix up an old building where local HARCC staff will live while running frog rescue activities.  This building needs a lot of TLC, but is located in a great spot--just 5 minutes down the road from the HARCC rescue facility.  Additional funds will also be put towards our next big field survey to measure current levels of amphibian pathogens in Cusuco.

Together with your help, we'll finally have the resources we need to start fighting amphibian extinction in Honduras!


Other Ways You Can Help

  • Please SHARE this page with all your friends!
  • Follow us on social media! Join us now as this exciting frog rescue mission unfolds.  Like us on facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our Website.
  • Tell people it's important to save amphibians (More info here)
  • Talk to us - we'd love your feedback about this project! (info@FrogRescue.com)

Thank you for your support!

Jonathan Kolby
National Geographic Explorer
Director, Honduras Ampibian Rescue & Conservation Center
www.FrogRescue.com

Here are your choices for the Photo Perks listed above:

DUELLMANOHYLA SORALIA

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3.    4.  

5.     6.  


PLECTROHYLA DASYPUS

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3.    4.  


PLECTROHYLA EXQUISITA

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3.    4. 


Perks
$100
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HARCC Frog Trio
Get all three endangered frogs! We'll send you a trio of 5 x 7 photographs, each one featuring a different HARCC rescue species. *** Scroll to the bottom of this page to pick three images. Email your selections to info@FrogRescue.com
17 claimed
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$5
USD
Good Karma!
You helped save a frog! Enjoy some good karma for the rest of the day!
15 claimed
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$10
USD
Certificate of Recognition
We will send you a personalized certificate of recognition from HARCC and a shout-out on our social media networks.
22 claimed
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$25
USD
+ Shipping
HARCC Frog Magnet
We'll send you a beautiful glossy frog magnet featuring one of our HARCC rescue species.
48 claimed
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$50
USD
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HARCC Frog Photo Print (5x7)
5 x 7 photograph of a HARCC frog rescue species. *** Scroll to the bottom of this page to pick your image. Email your selection to info@FrogRescue.com
6 claimed
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$75
USD
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HARCC Frog Photo Print (8x10)
8 x 10 photograph of a HARCC frog rescue species. *** Scroll to the bottom of this page to pick your image. Email your selection to info@FrogRescue.com
6 claimed
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$100
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HARCC Tote Bag
You will receive a durable cloth tote bag featuring the HARCC frog rescue logo.
5 claimed
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$100
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HARCC water bottle
You will receive a nalgene-type water bottle featuring the HARCC frog rescue logo.
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$250
USD
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HARCC Gift Bag
Get three previous perks! You will receive one tote bag, 8x10 frog photo print, and magnet.
1 claimed
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$350
USD
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Tote bag & Honduran coffee
You will receive a cloth tote bag featuring the HARCC frog rescue logo PLUS one pound of authentic shade-grown coffee from Honduras.
1 out of 15 claimed
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Estimated August 2016
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$500
USD
Let's Chat!
In appreciation for your generous support, the HARCC frog rescue team will arrange a 30-minute skype session with you! Ask us anything! We'll also send you the HARCC tote bag and an 8x10 frog photo print.
1 claimed
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$500
USD
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Tote, Water Bottle & Coffee
For your generous support, we will send you one HARCC frog rescue tote bag, HARCC water bottle, and one pound of authentic shade-grown coffee from Honduras.
0 out of 10 claimed
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$800
USD
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Original Artwork! (acrylic)
Some amazingly talented artists have painted our frogs! Each painting is an original work of art that features one of our HARCC rescue species. The size of this artwork is approximately 5x7 inches and medium is acrylic.
0 out of 3 claimed
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Estimated August 2016
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$800
USD
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Original Artwork! (watercolor)
Some amazingly talented artists have painted our frogs! Each painting is an original work of art that features one of our HARCC rescue species. The size of this artwork is approximately 8x10 inches and medium is watercolor.
0 out of 3 claimed
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$2000
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HARCC visits you!
Jonathan Kolby will come give you (or your classroom/office/etc.) a 45-minute presentation about HARCC, amphibian conservation, and why we're trying to save the world, one frog at a time. (Preferably local to Seattle, but can be offered anywhere if travel costs are provided)
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$5000
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Join us in the Rainforest!
Would you like to see these beautiful endangered frogs in the wild? For your generous support, you can choose to join us for a 5-day adventure in Cusuco National Park during one of our frog rescue activities. (Travel to Honduras not included. Contact us at info@FrogRescue.com for scheduling options.)
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Perks
$100
USD
+ Shipping
HARCC Frog Trio
Get all three endangered frogs! We'll send you a trio of 5 x 7 photographs, each one featuring a different HARCC rescue species. *** Scroll to the bottom of this page to pick three images. Email your selections to info@FrogRescue.com
17 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$5
USD
Good Karma!
You helped save a frog! Enjoy some good karma for the rest of the day!
15 claimed
Get this perk
$10
USD
Certificate of Recognition
We will send you a personalized certificate of recognition from HARCC and a shout-out on our social media networks.
22 claimed
Get this perk
$25
USD
+ Shipping
HARCC Frog Magnet
We'll send you a beautiful glossy frog magnet featuring one of our HARCC rescue species.
48 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$50
USD
+ Shipping
HARCC Frog Photo Print (5x7)
5 x 7 photograph of a HARCC frog rescue species. *** Scroll to the bottom of this page to pick your image. Email your selection to info@FrogRescue.com
6 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$75
USD
+ Shipping
HARCC Frog Photo Print (8x10)
8 x 10 photograph of a HARCC frog rescue species. *** Scroll to the bottom of this page to pick your image. Email your selection to info@FrogRescue.com
6 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$100
USD
+ Shipping
HARCC Tote Bag
You will receive a durable cloth tote bag featuring the HARCC frog rescue logo.
5 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$100
USD
+ Shipping
HARCC water bottle
You will receive a nalgene-type water bottle featuring the HARCC frog rescue logo.
4 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$250
USD
+ Shipping
HARCC Gift Bag
Get three previous perks! You will receive one tote bag, 8x10 frog photo print, and magnet.
1 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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$350
USD
+ Shipping
Tote bag & Honduran coffee
You will receive a cloth tote bag featuring the HARCC frog rescue logo PLUS one pound of authentic shade-grown coffee from Honduras.
1 out of 15 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated August 2016
Estimated August 2016
Get this perk
$500
USD
Let's Chat!
In appreciation for your generous support, the HARCC frog rescue team will arrange a 30-minute skype session with you! Ask us anything! We'll also send you the HARCC tote bag and an 8x10 frog photo print.
1 claimed
Get this perk
$500
USD
+ Shipping
Tote, Water Bottle & Coffee
For your generous support, we will send you one HARCC frog rescue tote bag, HARCC water bottle, and one pound of authentic shade-grown coffee from Honduras.
0 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated August 2016
Estimated August 2016
Get this perk
$800
USD
+ Shipping
Original Artwork! (acrylic)
Some amazingly talented artists have painted our frogs! Each painting is an original work of art that features one of our HARCC rescue species. The size of this artwork is approximately 5x7 inches and medium is acrylic.
0 out of 3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated August 2016
Estimated August 2016
Get this perk
$800
USD
+ Shipping
Original Artwork! (watercolor)
Some amazingly talented artists have painted our frogs! Each painting is an original work of art that features one of our HARCC rescue species. The size of this artwork is approximately 8x10 inches and medium is watercolor.
0 out of 3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated August 2016
Estimated August 2016
Get this perk
$2000
USD
HARCC visits you!
Jonathan Kolby will come give you (or your classroom/office/etc.) a 45-minute presentation about HARCC, amphibian conservation, and why we're trying to save the world, one frog at a time. (Preferably local to Seattle, but can be offered anywhere if travel costs are provided)
0 claimed
Get this perk
$5000
USD
Join us in the Rainforest!
Would you like to see these beautiful endangered frogs in the wild? For your generous support, you can choose to join us for a 5-day adventure in Cusuco National Park during one of our frog rescue activities. (Travel to Honduras not included. Contact us at info@FrogRescue.com for scheduling options.)
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Estimated June 2017
Estimated June 2017
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