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Sunday, August 14 is National Golden Frog Day, and throughout the month of August the Golden Frog Festival 2016 will be celebrated under the slogan “Saving a national treasure”. This is the sixth edition of the festival which will feature events in different parts of the country.
The festival focuses on spreading awareness around three key issues; the central role of frogs in Panamanian culture and natural ecosystems; the mortal threat that frogs face and what groups have joined forces to combat this global threat.
This year, the festival will feature various activities for the whole family. On Saturday, August 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the “#Ranaticos” (Frog Fans) Family Day will be held in Paseo El Valle, in Valle de Anton. This activity will include children’s games, frog exhibits, sale of food and drinks and the Golden Frog in person.
Later, on Sunday, August 14, the “La Dorada” run / walk, a traditional cross-country competition for the whole family, will take place. That same day a parade will be held, in which young students will carry the figure of the Golden Frog along Central Avenue in El Valle de Anton,
The festival will have a stand at the International Book Fair in Panama this year, which will take place on Thursday 18 and Friday, August 17 at the Atlapa Convention Center, where they will exhibit live frog specimens, plus a science display, games, and book sales.
Another “#Ranaticos” family day will take place on Saturday, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nature Center in Punta Culebra on the Amador Causeway. The event will bring together attendees and professional scientists, experts in frogs and conservation. There will also be face-painting for kids, games and sales of food and drinks.
The Sloth and Wildlife Rescue Center, located on the premises of the Hotel Gamboa Rainforest Resort, will offer an Open House on Sunday, August 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours to the frog exhibition and laboratory, guided by scientific experts on amphibians’ conservation.
By law of the republic, the Golden Frog is an ecological and cultural symbol of the nation. The festival this year is dedicated to Ana Lucrecia Arosemena (R.I.P.) for her great spirit and dedication to the conservation of the golden frog and other amphibians. Thanks to her leadership National Golden Frog Day is celebrated on August 14 each year.
Panama golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) is an endemic species that inhabited the Valley of Anton and Campana National Park. However, this was last seen in the wild in 2009. Today in Panama it can only be seen in captivity in the Amphibian Conservation Center of El Valle, in Anton.
For more information on these events and the amphibian conservation program visit AmphibianRescue.org.