Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Frogs Jump For Joy At Hawaiian Sanctuary

PAHOA, Hawaii (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A man in Pahoa, Hawaii, is jumping to the aid of the local tree frogs – by dedicating a sanctuary to them.

Starting March 1, Syd Singer will open the Hawaiian Coqui Frog Sanctuary and Nature Preserve, a 67-acre rain forest that will provide a safe haven to chirping coqui frogs.

The coqui frogs have been residents of Hawaii since the mid- ’90s and are known for their loud chirps, which some find peaceful and others find annoying.

Singer claims the frogs aren’t threatening the local flora and fauna, but Hawaiian officials feel otherwise and are recommending pouring citric acid on their backs.

He feels so sad for the frogs that he is offering sanctuary to any who can hop to the preserve. He says it is Hawaiian tradition to provide a place of refuge – or “Pu’uhonua” – for condemned criminals who find their way to it before being captured.

But that may be difficult because state law forbids the transportation of coquis between the islands.

Although the coqui frogs are considered enemies of the state, Singer thinks that will change once his sanctuary starts attracting tourists to nightly coqui concerts.

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