What is the Booroolong Frog?
The Booroolong Frog is a river-breeding frog that has been found along the western end of the Great Dividing Range in New South Wales (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, 2012). It is listed as Endangered in NSW under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. Currently 28 local populations are known but sadly within the last 25 years there has been a decline of over 50% of their former distribution (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, 2012). These declines appear to be ongoing and have the potential to negatively affect the size of the current populations (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, 2012).
What are the major threats to the Booroolong Fog?
Factors causing these historic and continued declines of the Booroolong Frog include:
- Disease such as Chytridiomycosis
- Habitat Degradation such as vegetation clearing, stock grazing, timber harvesting, weed invasion and the construction of water impoundments
- Stream Drying of previously permanent streams especially during severe droughts on the Southern and Central Tablelands of NSW
- Predation by introduced Exotic Predatory Fish such as Brown and Rainbow Trout, Mosquito Fish, Redfin Perch and European Carp all of which have the potential to prey on the tadpoles of the Booroolong Frog
- Herbicides use an active ingredient that has been shown to be toxic to frogs and tadpoles. During heavy rain periods, runoff may accumulate in streams and may affect the health and livelihood of the Booroolong Frogs
How is Project Habitat helping the Booroolong Frog?
Project Habitat is working with the Riverina Local Land Services to raise awareness and engage local community members and landholders of the plight of this remarkable frog. Many schools in the Tumut region have already participated in Taronga’s Project InSitu on the Booroolong Frog to raise awareness and are looking forward to participating in a planned habitat restoration activity to further support their local population.
Taronga’s Zoomobile headed down to the Tumut region on Wednesday 14th October, 2015 for a community tree planting day and assisted with restoring native bushland along the Adjungbilly creek. This riparian restoration forms a vital step in ensuring this creek remains a secure and viable habitat, neccessary for Booroolong frog living and breeding conditions. Local community members and landowners also attended, with presentations on the local wildlife, including the Booroolong frog, a free BBQ and talks from other researchers to discuss the Adjungbilly Endangered Species Restoration and Recovery project. Any questions relating to this project should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
What can you do to help?
The best way for you to help is through our call to action list – by helping out with just 1 of the 4 actions, you will be helping our native species recover in the wild!
If you would like to do more, perhaps you could look at building a frog pond in your backyard? The Booroolong Frog is specific to certain regions in NSW where you may not live! However there may be other frogs that live specific to your local area. A frog pond may provide a safe habitat for your local species and give you a chance to see and hear these amazing animals!! Please download one of our wildlife backyard factsheets below.