On Friday 12th July, students and supporters of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana UCAES Chapter will celebrate this year’s 5th Annual Save The Frogs Day in Kibi. Interestingly, Kibi is the nearest town to where the Critically Endangered Togo Slippery Frog lives at Atewa, and it is also the residency of the King of Akyem Abuakwa (Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II), who is the custodian of Atewa Forest.
The program will be celebrated under the theme “SAVING THE ATEWA FOREST AND THE TOGO SLIPPERY FROG.” Events will be held at the Kibi Senior High School, starting at 12 noon. The students will be educated on the importance of protecting natural resources linking it with why Atewa should be made a national park and not a mine site.
The students will DRUM AND DANCE FOR THE TOGO SLIPPERY FROG, as a way to communicate the Slippery Frog’s conservation importance to the general public. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s team and other invited resource persons will also give talks featuring on the theme.
The celebration is in line with SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s efforts to get Government to rescind its decision to mine the Atewa Hills for bauxite, and to permanently protect the Atewa Forest and create the Atewa Hills National Park. The Atewa Forest is currently unprotected, and the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frogs (as well as over 700+ butterfly species that live there) are under serious threat from illegal logging, mountaintop removal mining and people hunting the frogs for food.