Rob the Frog
- A nice, humid, Sphagnum Moss chamber
- Staying in on cold nights
- Singing – I have a great voice
- I want to have kids!
- Frog-zombies (caused by Amphibian Chytrid Fungus)
Rob leads a simple life and despite his colourful skin, prefers a night in over the more glamourous life of his tropical amphibian cousins.
His favourite things include tending to his Sphagnum Moss Chamber on the slopes of Mt Kosciusko and waiting for the love of his life to lay her eggs in his chamber.
Trouble is despite Rob’s best calling efforts, he can’t seem to attract a female who isn’t infected with the deadly contagious disease chytridiomycosis.
So Rob’s been feeling a bit down on his luck lately and needs your help to share his story and help in find love this Valentine’s Day.
Follow #robthefrog to find out all the latest about Rob’s journey. You can also help by donating to Zoos Victoria as we work with our partners to find a cure and save Rob and his friends from extinction.
The Southern Corroboree Frog is tiny and brilliantly coloured Australian icon that is under serious threat of extinction.
Exclusively found in the alpine region of Mt Kosciusko, New South Wales, the Southern Corroboree Frog is at risk of extinction due to Chytridiomycosis – a disease caused by infection with Amphibian Chytrid Fungus. There are estimated to be less than 100 individuals remaining in the wild and are officially listed as Critically Endangered.
The alpine location lends itself to the frog’s unique characteristics –Southern Corroboree Frogs hibernate through the snowy winter and emerge in the spring to breed.
Females are attracted to the loudest, deepest frog call, meaning male frogs compete to make themselves heard!
Ranging from 2.5 - 3 centimetres in length, these incredible frogs are the only known vertebrate species able to create their own poison, as opposed to obtaining it via diet as many other frogs do.
Zoos Victoria is committed to securing a future for this iconic frog in the wild.
We are working with our partners the Amphibian Research Centre, ACT Parks, Conservation and Lands, the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW), Taronga Conservation Society Australia and James Cook University to save the Southern Corroboree Frog from extinction.
The project has two key goals:
The first is to re-establish the frog in the wild through transferring eggs and frogs from Zoos Victoria into disease-free enclosures in Kosciusko National Park, allowing them to grow in the absence of Chytrid Fungus.
The second goal of the project is enable this species to attain sustained resistance to Amphibian Chytrid Fungus. Achieving this requires control of disease infection and undertaking strategic research to attain the necessary knowledge to implement this program.
You can find out more about what Zoos Victoria is doing to save this species from extinction here .
Help Rob find love this Valentine’s Day!
Follow Rob’s journey to find love on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #robthefrog and help share his story.
Over 200 special ‘Rob the Frog’ soft toys will also be descending on Melbourne CBD in the pursuit of love. From the steps of Flinders Street Station to the Queen Victoria Market, Rob will visit some of Melbourne’s most iconic venues and is looking for your support sharing his story online.
If you’re lucky enough to find one he is yours to take home. Simply take a picture of Rob on his journey to find love and upload it to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or all of the above using #robthefrog