The Southern Giant Burrowing Frog is one of Victoria’s most poorly understood frogs.

However, its habitat has been severely impacted by logging, large bushfires, and extreme weather events, such as prolonged drought. It is likely that the widespread amphibian disease chytridiomycosis is affecting populations. 

The plan for fighting extinction

Zoos Victoria is carrying out important surveys, monitoring and field research to discover more about the Southern Giant Burrowing Frog, its forest habitat, and the threats it faces. We are also establishing a conservation breeding program for the species especially following the impacts of the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires. 

How you can help

  • Raise community awareness and support for the Southern Giant Burrowing Frog. 
  • Visit our zoos to support our fighting extinction work.  
  • Donate if you can. As a not-for-profit organisation, all donations go towards our conservation work. 
  • Discover more about local conservation events and join the growing number of activists taking action for local wildlife. 

Is your classroom learning about the Southern Giant Burrowing Frog? 

Browse through our collection of animal teaching and learning resources for students. These include animal toolkits, e-books, Ask a Zoo Expert resources, video showcases and real-world examples to support the VCE Study Design. 

Photo: Rohan Bilney

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Conservation Status

  • LC
    Least Concern
  • NT
    Near Threatened
  • VU
  • EN
  • CR
    Critically Endangered
  • EW
    Extinct in the Wild
  • EX