In January 2012, Taronga released over 6000 Green and Golden Bell Frog tadpoles at Woonona. The Zoo has now bred 26 000 of these frogs and tadpoles for reintroduction to the wild since 1994.
Green and Golden Bell Frog
This iconic frog has disappeared from most of its former habitat. Taronga has bred and released 26 000 Green and Golden Bell Frogs and tadpoles since 1994.
Yellow-spotted Bell Frog
Thought extinct for 30 years, the Yellow-spotted Bell Frog was rediscovered in the Southern Tablelands just two years ago, and Taronga has since established a small insurance population.
Northern Corroboree Frog
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).
Southern Corroboree Frog
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.
Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog
This tiny species only reaches only about 25mm in length.
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.
Spotted Tree Frog
Nearly one third of all known Australian frog populations are in varying stages of decline, including the endangered Spotted Tree Frog.
Reptile Supervisor, Michael McFadden
Alpine Tree Frog
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 boosted dwindling Booroolong Frog populations near Tumbarumba in 2008 by releasing 600 of the species which had been bred at the Zoo.