Here’s a sampling of what I found online for Leap Day events to save amphibians. For those of you new to this issue, here’s post that explains things you can do to help avert the most significant mass extinction since the dinosaurs:
- South Africa: The Johannesburg Zoo will be hosting a series of workshops to highlight the plight of the amphibians, which are facing mass extinction.
- United States: In New York City, in an effort to raise awareness of the amphibian crisis and decline – and to have a “ribbiting” good time – the Bronx, Prospect Park and Central Park Zoo, along with the New York Aquarium will feature a series of events beginning on Friday. Source story. Listing of all U.S. zoo activities on Leap Day can be found on this link.
- Scotland: Edinburgh Zoo is holding a free talk on Wednesday 6 March during which its reptile keepers will speak about the plight facing amphibians and the vital role amphibians play in the ecosystem.
- Czech Republic: The Zlin zoo recently launched a campaign for the protection of amphibians within the year-long project the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria has organised, zoo spokeswoman Romana Bujackova told CTK.
- Canada: Toronto Zoo on February 29th celebrates the launch of an important global conservation initiative – 2008 Year of the Frog! With special guest speakers: Hon. Donna H. Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources and Bob Johnson, Toronto Zoo Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians.
- New Zealand: At Auckland Zoo, Katchafire, one of the leading reggae bands in New Zealand, will perfom on Friday, 29 February. Leap in to this one, and you’ll be helping our endangered native frogs!
- Japan: Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo, Japan’s oldest zoo, will let little princesses have their photos take with frogs, let kids make Amphibian Ark masks, and teach them about the Chytrid fungus that was a late discovery in Japan. (I didn’t find this one online; I read it in an email from Ueno Zoo to Amphibian Ark.)
- Australia: Zoos Victoria (three zoos, in Melbourne, Werribee, and Healesville) is celebrating Leap Day with a special Frog Fundraising Concert featuring two great bands. Funds will be raised to support ZV’s contribution to the Amphibian Ark campaign.More funds will be raised by the sale of frog-themed merchandise; there will be a silent auction and people there will be the first to sample new chocolate frogs.
- United Kingdom: The West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire will host ‘froggy’ themed activity sessions in the classroom; complete with froggy face painting. Walks through Discovery Trail will expose visitors to information boards and there will be donation boxes