LEAP DAY FOR FROGS ... 28 FEB 2015 at 18h00

Thursday, 05 February 2015 11:58

LEAP DAY FOR FROGS ... 28 FEB 2015 at 18h00
Join the froggie folk here in George on Saturday 28 February to see what leaps around the Garden Route Botanical Garden.
Meet at the Moriarty Centre, 49 Caledon Street at 18h00 for an introductory talk.

Colin Ralston will report on his recent sensational observations on the predation of frogs by beetle larvae. (see photo below)

The gates will then be locked and all visitors will tour
the garden with Colin and Willem Mathee (currently conducting post grad research on the Knysna Leaf-folding frog at NMMU) who will catch and explain their findings.

Any other frog experts are more than welcome to join the frogging!
Bring torches (headlamps), insect repellent and own refreshments.
Donations for WESSA Eden Education Fund most welcome!

What is the aim of Leap Day for Frogs?

It is one day of the year when ordinary South Africans can take a leap of action and do something to
appreciate and protect one of the most threatened group of animals on Earth: Frogs! These important
creatures are disappearing all over the planet largely because of habitat destruction.

Why 28 February?

Apart from having tongues 1/3 the length of their bodies, frogs are also famous for leaping across long
distances – up to 20 times their own body length in a single leap!

The South African Cape River Frog holds the world record for Frog Jumping – the longest distance covered in three consecutive jumps – at 10.3 m? Not bad for a 5 cm frog!  And if you think about it, February leaps into March, skipping days 29, 30 and 31 except on Leap years,  WESSA proudly presents which occur every four years, adding the 29th of February to the calendar.  People born on this day are called “Leaplings”.  That’s why 28th February seems the perfect day to leap into action and save our frogs.

 

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