Environmental Graduates in Himalaya (EGH) has a long tradition of marking important days. This year 10th Annual Save The Frogs Day was marked on 28th April at Indreni Food Land, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, with the financial help from SAVE THE FROGS! USA and support from Environmental Graduates in Himalaya (EGH). The main motive of the program was to discourage frog dissection practice in biology labs. The event had a wider participation of college and university students, zoology teachers, conservationist, academicians and media person. Mr Biraj Shrestha, Research Officer of Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) and SAVE THE FROGS! Task force member was the event coordinator and supported by volunteers from EGH.
The program started with a welcome note by Ms Binita Pandey, Research Assistant at RHF, and presentation of short video clip about the decline in number of frog’s species. After that, there was the key note presentation of Mr Biraj Shrestha, Research Officer at RHF on the topic entitled “The Downside of Frogs Dissection” where he highlighted the importance of frogs and their role in ecosystem and the decline of frogs due to several threats. He further disseminated the role of dissection in the decline of number of frogs and said that dissection is one of the major threats to some frog’s species in Nepal. He concluded that alternatives can be brought in practice to solve the problem of dissection. The program was then followed by discussion among the participants. Mr Khubi Ram Adhikari, Deputy Director of Curriculum Development Centre, assured to go through the curriculum and apply the substitutes if possible. Mr Rishi Shah, Academician of NAST, expressed his view about the frog’s day and its importance. He highlighted the need of cooperation among all to further work together in the field of conservation. Ms Shristi Singh Shrestha, Project Manager of The Jane Goodall Institute, expressed her contentment to the inducing and rousing event and Mr Shailendra Pokharel, Executive Chief of CODEFUND, shared his idea about the conservation of amphibians.
The discussion round was followed by release of poster by Ms Shristi Singh Shrestha, which disclosed the declining status of frogs due to dissection and the alternatives to dissection. Dr Dinesh Raj Bhuju, General Secretary of RHF, had his concluding remarks about the evolution of frogs and their role in ecosystem. He highlighted the shortcomings of dissections and said that the modern education has been misled and urged everyone to understand the importance of frogs and start loving them.
Total Participants: 34