‘Ribberting’ recovery for a critically endangered frog

Dr Sarah May and Rachael Loneragan of the Northern Corroboree Frog Program at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

The results of the Northern Corroboree Frog Recovery Program show promising signs that the critically endangered species is gaining a foothold in a new site in Namadgi National Park.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to the largest captive breeding population of the Northern Corroboree frog, with animals raised under the program being released at the new site.

Following the devastating fires of 2003, the breeding program was set up with the collection of 250 eggs. There were only hundreds of frogs left in the wild.

After many years of releasing frogs into areas where this species is known to occur with only minor success, Australian National University researcher Dr Ben Sheele decided to search for alternative sites outside of its range. known history that may be suitable for this species. in.

Monitoring results show that the frogs are not only surviving, but are in excellent physical condition and reproducing, the most promising news from the program to date.

Northern Corroboree Frog at Tidbinbilla Settlement Northern Corroboree Frog

Northern Corroboree Frog program manager Rachel Loneragan says the exciting findings are a testament to the work done in collaboration with the Australian National University.

“I manage the frog colony here in Tidbinbilla, making sure the conditions are right for the frogs to grow and reproduce,” Rachel said.

“A big part of the program is providing hundreds of eggs and frogs each year to release into the wild.

“In collaboration with ANU researcher Dr Ben Scheele and other ecologists, we have developed new methods to establish wild populations of Northern Corrobboree frogs. His research has focused on identifying new suitable habitat sites for releasing the frogs.

Dr Sarah May inspects frogs at the Tidbinbilla facilityDr Sarah May and Rachael Loneragan inspect frogs at the Tidbinbilla facility

The endangered species program manager, Dr Sarah May, was delighted with the results.

“Everyone involved in the project is really excited about these results,” said Sarah.

“We are cautiously optimistic about the future of this species as it will take a few more years of positive results before we can report success.

“We’d like to see at least three successful builds produced at this site before we’re confident of success, but I’m certainly hopeful!”

You can see a Northern Corroboree frog by visiting the live exhibit at the Tidbinbilla Visitor Center.

Canberrans can help with the conservation of the Northern Corroboree Frog by washing their cars and boots before visiting sensitive areas including Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve or Namadgi National Park. This will minimize the risk of spreading diseases that harm endangered species like the Northern Corroboree frog.

Read more about the Northern Corroboree Frog and the program on the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve website.

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