Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande and Frogs

I recently received an email from a member of the Bethesda Actually community and wanted to share its key points with you.

It seems that a non-profit called “Save the Frogs” will be conducting, in their words, “The world’s first protests in defense of frog populations” this Friday in MD, VA, and TX. Friday is, apparently, the 2nd Annual Save The Frogs Day.

A focal point of the action will be Bethesda because we have a branch of the Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande chain. Uncle Julio’s is a target because they serve frogs legs on their menu (as an aside, I have had drinks there a number of times and we have given the place a favorable review on this site).

Anyway, the details are pretty interesting so I am going to post a portion of the email below. Bethesda Actually is also happy to post information on this matter from Uncle Julio’s and Save the Frogs. Feel free to email us (bethesdactually@gmail.com) or leave a comment below.

The chain of 16 Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande restaurantsrefuse to remove the frog legs from their menus, so SAVE THE FROGS! supporters in at least three states will take to the streets with educational flyers
and petitions, and ensure that the patrons, passersby and staff are aware of the ecological damage being caused by the frog legs trade, which is responsible for:

(1) The depletion of wild frog populations;
(2) The spread of harmful infectious diseases, such as the chytrid fungus; and
(3) The spread of harmful invasive species.

Please join us this Friday for these peaceful protests, which will educate citizens and ensure that Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande restaurants get serious about removing frog legs from their menus.

Learn all about the frog legs trade at:


Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs – Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist


4 Responses to Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande and Frogs

  1. Beth says:

    I’m a fan of Uncle Julios but can’t imagine that the frogs legs are really a draw for people. Given the environmental importance of frogs, I would hope taking them off the menu would be a no-brainer.

  2. Brian says:

    I believe that the frog legs being served at Rio Grande are from American Bullfrogs farmed in China and that the concerns of the protester’s is that these frogs have the potential to escape the farms and harm the local indigenous frogs of China. Seems to be a bit much but I’m no ecologist and I guess everyone has their thing.

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