The Southern Corroboree is one of Australia’s most critically endangered frogs. There may be fewer than 120 left in the wild. Numbers are continuing to fall and wild populations are likely to become extinct in the next five to 10 years.
This small, striking, yellow and black frog from the alpine bogs and ponds of Kosciuszko National Park is toxic and has no predators. The key threat to this species is Amphibian Chytrid Fungus, which is associated with widespread amphibian decline around the world, hindering the ability of the frogs to breathe through their skins.
Taronga Zoo has joined with the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water and other institutions to breed zoo-based populations, which we will re-introduce into the wild. This will ensure the future of the Southern Corroboree in the case of catastrophic events in their natural habitat.
In 2009, Taronga Zoo held 236 Corroboree Frogs. These have helped us gain valuable knowledge about how to breed and care for this species, given us insight into treating Chytrid Fungus and helped us develop plans for their eventual release into the wild.
If you visit Taronga Zoo you can see the hard work being carried out in our quarantined Corroboree Frog breeding facility.