Leap day for Frogs

08 March 2018

 

It is one day of the year when ordinary South Africans can take a leap of action and do something to appreciate and protect one of the most threatened group of animals on Earth: Frogs!

These important creatures are disappearing all over the planet, largely because of habitat destruction.

Why February? Apart from having tongues 1/3 the length of their bodies, frogs are also famous for leaping across long distances – up to 20 times their own body length in a single leap!

The South African Cape River Frog holds the world record for Frog Jumping – the longest distance covered in three consecutive jumps – at 10.3 m? Not bad for a 5 cm frog! And if you think about it, February leaps into March, skipping days 29, 30 and 31 except on Leap years, which occur every four years, adding the 29th of February to the calendar. People born on this day are called “Leaplings”.

The Environment Team have been promoting awareness for Frogs by doing various activities.  They also taught the school a song in assembly last week about the life cycle of frogs.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Environment Team sold frog cupcakes to the children at break

 

 

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