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  • Educator Kerry M. Kriger
  • Director Simon Ampel
  • Narrator Michelle Snow


Additional Resources for you to Explore
The best way to save the frogs is to educate yourself about amphibians and amphibian conservation, and fortunately, there are many free educational resources online. A great place to start is, which has several hundred pages of free information on frogs. The website was created by Dr. Kerry Kriger, who founded SAVE THE FROGS! nonprofit organization and wrote the script for this Ted-Ed video. The SAVE THE FROGS! How To Help page offers over 50 ideas on ways to help frog populations. SAVE THE FROGS! Academy offers free online classes twice weekly, open to all people interested in frog conservation; videos of all the SAVE THE FROGS! Academy classes get archived here.
AmphibiaWeb is a fantastic website that provides a database of all the world’s amphibians, so if you want to know what lives in your part of the world, that is a great place to start.
What's one thing that every living creature on earth needs? Water. We know that frogs require a wet environment in order to survive. However, there's a species of frog that inhabits areas with only a few months of rainfall each year? Meet the Litoria platycephala -- a frog species with some pretty cool ways in which they overcome the limitations of the harsh Australian environment.
The gastric brooding frog lays its eggs just like any other frog -- then swallows them whole to incubate. That is, it did until it went extinct 30 years ago. Paleontologist Michael Archer makes a case to bring back the gastric brooding frog and the thylacine, commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger.