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Critically Endangered Corroboree Frog Given Second Chance - Australian Geographic

Animals  (tags: endangered, Australia, corroboree frog, alpine, environment, Snowy Mts )

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Taronga Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary have joined forces to harvest both wild and captive-bred corroboree frog eggs and place them back it the native frog's habitat in the Snowy Mountains.

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Jenny Dooley (830)
Friday October 12, 2012, 7:39 pm
Southern corroboree frog - Pseudophryne corroboree
IUCN listing: Critically Endangered

Inhabiting a small corridor on the New South Wales and Victorian border, the tiny southern corroboree frog - which is the size of a fingernail - is running on the edge of extinction. Fewer than 150 breeding males are thought to survive across 23 sites that were surveyed in 2001.

The main suspected threat is the chytrid fungi. Although many studies have been undertaken, the success has been limited, as they have not been able to confirm the critical threat to the frogs. A studying conducted between 1997 and 1999 revealed that the frogs were present in 213 sites around the NSW and Victorian border but this number dropped only 79 sites as of 2001, revealing how quickly these animals were disappearing.

A captive-breeding program, led by Sydney's Taronga Zoo, reintroduced 800 eggs into Kosciuszko National Park in 2012.

Nancy Black (308)
Friday October 12, 2012, 8:31 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted and shared. Great to hear of the possibility of stopping the extinction of this frog.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Friday October 12, 2012, 8:35 pm
Good to hear from you Nancy!

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Saturday October 13, 2012, 1:55 am

Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 8:21 pm
Danuta, Terry - Glad you support endangered wildlife

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Sunday October 14, 2012, 3:50 pm
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Sunday October 14, 2012, 7:17 pm
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