September 8- 15 is Frog Week. It is a time to focus on the fortunes of frogs (pepeketua) who are important indicators of the health of our environment.
Professor Phil Bishop will be speaking in the Sydenham Room of South Library on Tuesday 10 September at 9.30am. Professor Bishop is a professor at the University of Otago and is leading the global frog conservation initiative in his position as co-chair of the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group. He will present a talk about saving frogs in New Zealand and overseas, accompanied with a box of live frogs!
I’m guessing these won’t include an Archey’s frog which is a New Zealand native species under extreme threat. Archey’s frog is ranked as the most important amphibian in the world under the Zoological Society of London’s Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) programme.