About the Corroboree Frog Appeal
Time is ticking for the Corroboree Frog. In the 1970s, the distinctive bright yellow body of the Corroboree Frog was easy to spot in the wild, with a thriving population of up to 1 million. But now, they’re almost completely gone. We have to act now before they’re gone forever.
Why are numbers declining?
The past few decades have seen the spread of a deadly disease, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Chytrid fungus has torn through wild Corroboree Frog populations.
The disease, believed to have originated in Southeast Asia, spreads through water and frog-to-frog contact. Once a frog’s infected, it suffers electrolyte imbalances and then, cardiac arrest. As frogs and tadpoles don’t die immediately from the fungus, it spreads rapidly.
With the Corroboree Frog not reaching sexual maturity for four years, they’ve been unable to bounce back from this deadly disease. Prolonged droughts in the Kosciuszko National Park have also taken their toll on the Corroboree Frog.
The National Recovery Program
Thanks to your generous support, Taronga has been able to assemble a team of Australia’s best and brightest scientists to spearhead the Conservation Breeding Program to save the Corroboree Frog.
We’ve partnered with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Zoos Victoria, the Amphibian Research Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and the University of Wollongong and are having great success in:
- Breeding large numbers of frogs to be used for reintroduction or conservation research. Releasing thousands of eggs back into the frog’s natural alpine habitat to help rebuild numbers
- Releasing frogs into specially built Corroboree Frog ‘enclosures’ in the Kosciuszko National Park that keep frogs safe from chytrid fungus and feral animals