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A small boost for wild Southern Corroboree Frog population

5 April 2017

Thanks to the hard work of the Southern Corroboree Frog Recovery Team, 360 frogs were released back to the wilds of Kosciuszko National Park in March.

The frogs were released into semi-wild disease-free enclosures, an innovative technique being trialled as part of the recovery program. 

The frogs released were a mixture of juvenile and sub-adult frogs mainly from Taronga Zoo's breeding program with 60 frogs coming from Zoos Victoria's breeding program. Despite the Southern Corroboree Frog being one of Australia’s most endangered species, these collaborative efforts are paving the road to recovery.

The Southern Corroboree Frog is under threat of extinction due to a deadly disease caused by chytrid fungus. Things were looking so dire that it was recently estimated that there were fewer than 30 individuals left in the wild.

The expedition to Kosciuszko National Park would not have been possible without the support of Taronga Zoo, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.