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Southern Corroboree Frog

Because of its bright yellow and black stripes, the Critically Endangered Southern Corroboree Frog, Pseudophryne corroboree, is one of Australia’s best known frog species. 

The Southern Corroboree Frog is at risk of extinction in the wild because of Chytridiomycosis – a disease caused by infection with Amphibian Chytrid Fungus.  There are probably less than 100 individuals left in the wild. 

Captive breeding is the only way to maintain genetic variation and prevent complete extinction of this frog species.  Zoos Victoria has been developing successful captive breeding techniques for the Southern Corroboree Frog since 2001 - an important contribution to the national Recovery Program.

The Southern Corroboree Frog only occurs in montane and alpine environments in Kosciusko National Park, and is under threat from disease and climate change.  A national Recovery Plan has been developed for this species.

Zoos Victoria’s key roles in the Southern Corroboree Frog Recovery Program include:

  • Maintaining an insurance population in captivity
  • Supplementing wild populations through captive breeding for reintroduction
  • Assisting with population monitoring
  • Undertaking research into the role of chytrid fungus in amphibian population declines
  • Increasing community awareness and support for the Southern Corroboree Frog

Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. This map may not be accurate to the latest information.


Plans and publications

Northern and Southern Corroboree Frogs

The toxic twins for the Extinction Fighters

Found: in the sphagnum moss of the alpine regions

Their bright stripes help to warn enemies that they're up for a fight!

Meet all priority native threatened species

Zoos Victoria plans to save this endangered animal.

See all of our 21 priority threatened native species.

SCF release

Record-breaking egg release for Victoria's most critically endangered frog

Zoos Victoria is making strides in its fight against wildlife extinction, with the release of more than 3000 eggs of the critically endangered Southern Corroboree Frog into the wild.

27 May 2019
World Enviro Day

Melbourne Zoo celebrates World Environment Day with The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition

Minister D’Ambrosio celebrated World Environment Day today with a visit to Melbourne Zoo, and was given a preview of The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition, which, in an Austr

5 June 2017
  • Corroboree Frogs are the only known vertebrates that can provide their own poisons.