Saving the Northern Corroboree Frog

Saving the Northern Corroboree Frog

#Conservation, #Taronga Zoo Sydney

Posted on 24th August 2022 by Media Relations

Taronga & Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo helping to save the Northern Corroboree Frog

The Northern Corroboree Frog is one of Australia’s most iconic amphibian species. Famous for their striking yellow and black stripes on their back, sides and legs. 

Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo is proud to support Taronga’s Northern Corroboree Frog conservation work. Freddo is ready to discover and explore the world with you, so join us now to learn more about our fascinating frog friends! 

These frogs are found in the marshlands, forests, and subalpine bogs of southern-eastern NSW and ACT. Catching a glimpse of these stunning creatures is rare as this frog is one of Australia’s most critically endangered species. It’s estimated that there are less than 3,000 calling male Northern Corroboree Frogs left in the wild, with one of the three genetic populations (the Northern Brindabella population) estimated to only have as little as 100 mature frogs left. The low numbers are due to the deadly chytrid fungus and the natural disasters that have impacted their habitats.

Taronga Conservation Society Australia has been working in partnership with NSW Department of Planning and Environment to breed and release Northern Corroboree Frogs. This breeding is done on-site at Taronga Zoo Sydney inside the purpose-built Northern Corroboree Frog exhibit which guests have the opportunity to experience as part of their visit to Taronga Zoo Sydney. 

Since the start of the program, Taronga keepers have released over 2,000 eggs back into the wild. These eggs take around 4-5 years until they are considered ‘adult’ and are ready to breed themselves, so successful egg releases are incredibly important an vital to the survival of the species. 

Taronga keepers also facilitate egg collections from different locations in the Fiery Ranges, to establish insurance populations in case the frogs’ populations are affected by further natural disasters or disease outbreaks. 

YOU can help the plight of the Northern Corroboree Frog and all of our other frog friends by following some of the below tips! 

  1. Make our wildlife feel at home by planting native trees and flowers in your garden
  2. Reduce your use of harmful chemicals by choosing natural alternatives in your house and garden 
  3. Get outdoors and explore to become more connected to your natural environment 
  4. Download the Frog ID app and report any sick or dead frogs you see whilst you’re out exploring to help scientists continue important research 
  5. Learn more about our amphibian friends by coming to Taronga Zoo Sydney and visiting the Northern Corroboree Frog exhibit

If you want to learn more and have some fun, download the Northern Corroboree Frog worksheet now! 

Taronga’s work would not be possible without the support of our partners, including Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo who are helping to save the frogs.