August 14 is National Golden Frog Day

Panama’s golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) is endemic to El Valle de Anton, province of Cocle

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Panama’s golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) is endemic to El Valle de Anton, province of Cocle

Panama’s golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) is endemic to El Valle de Anton, province of Cocle.

Panama’s Golden Frog has been recognized by law as an ecological and cultural symbol for the nation, with August 14 of each year being set aside as the official day to celebrate. Special events to raise awareness about this endangered species are held to mark the occasion. This year, the Amphibian Conservation Center of El Valle de Anton (EVACC), whose mission is to preserve several species in danger of extinction, including the Golden Frog, will celebrate the date with a series of activities in honor of this diminutive and strikingly-hued amphibian.

Panama’s Golden FrogThe celebrations begin Saturday, August 15 with the Golden Frog Festival (Festival de la Rana Dorada) at Plaza Comercial Paseo in El Valle de Antón at 11 a.m. The event will feature children’s activities, educational workshops and games. Talks about the importance of preserving the environment and the frogs’ habitat will also be offered, in addition to exhibitions and film screenings courtesy of EVACC, face painting and food for sale.

The festivities continue through Sunday, August 30, for which reason the event organizers are seeking volunteers “with an ecologist soul” who wish to collaborate. Those interested may contact pittyjj@si.edu mail

The grand finale coincides with the traditional La Dorada Race – Walk on Sunday, August 30 in El Valle de Anton starting at 6:30 a.m. with distances of 5k, 10k and 15k. Inscriptions are available at The North Face stores in Multiplaza and Soho Mall and the Hushpuppies store in Albrook Mall.

For details search for “La Fiesta de la Rana Dorada en El Valle de Antón” on Facebook.

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