Amphibians comprise some 6,771 species, and living representatives include frogs, salamanders and caecilians. From a conservation standpoint, it is remarkable that a large proportion of the world’s amphibians- a third of the known species, are recognized as being under threat.
On 27 April 2013, conservationists in several countries highlighted the threatened status of amphibians via a series of activities aimed at arousing public awareness of the world’s disappearing amphibians. See www.savethefrogs.com. This is the 2nd year of the event. The first was in 2012, at Camp Permai, Santubong.
A “frog race”, included talks on amphibians and their conservation, exhibits of sights and sounds. The event was open to the general public, jointly-organised by the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, UNIMAS and Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).
The race itself was modeled after the annually-held and highly successful “Bird Race”, where participants went on one or more trails at the Serapi foothills within Kubah National Park, for a period of 2 hours, and returning with digital images of amphibians.
Awards (books on amphibians and natural history, book vouchers and special prizes) and certificates (jointly by UNIMAS and Kubah National Park, SFC, bearing the logos of UNIMAS and SFC were given to participants for the following categories:
1. Most number of amphibian species found
2. Rarest amphibian found
3. Best amphibian photo taken
ResearchSEA will be featuring the winning photographs soon.