Taronga is currently conducting vital research into the threatened Alpine Tree Frog, which has been severely depleted by a toxic fungus called 'chytrid'. Keepers are rearing tadpoles from both chytrid-exposed and chytrid-free environments to determine whether decades of exposure will have any effect on the species’ resistance to the deadly fungus after the frogs are released in spring later this year.
Taronga Zoo is currently operating breed-and-release programs for six endangered and vulnerable Australian frog species, including the Booroolong Frog, the Alpine Tree Frog, the Yellow-Spotted Bell Frog, the Green and Golden Bell Frog, the Southern Corroboree Frog and the Northern Corroboree Frog (pictured above).
Taronga Zoo’s Southern Corroboree Frog breeding program is underway for 2012, with the Zoo's Herpetofauna staff planning to boost native populations of this critically endangered species by releasing eggs into the wild in autumn/winter.
Taronga Zoo is hopping aboard Amphibian Ark’s Leap Day 2012 event – entitled "Leaping Ahead of Extinction: A celebration of good news for amphibians in 2012" – with six key conservation programs designed to give endangered Australian frog populations (such as the Booroolong Frog, pictured above) a vital leg-up.
This vulnerable species has a restricted distribution, confined to the Sydney Basin (from Pokolbin in the north, the Nowra area to the south, and west to Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains). It usually measures less than 30mm long.