Melbourne Zoo keepers have successfully hatched and raised the critically endangered Baw Baw Frog to froglet stage, an important step in building an insurance population as the wild population continues to fall.
The Baw Baw Froglets are currently smaller than a 5c piece, which has made caring for them quite difficult although keepers are really happy with their progress.
Their wild counterparts are currently found on the Mt Baw Baw plateau, below the surface amongst rocks and tree roots which is why there is very little known about the tiny frogs.
An earlier attempt to get the eggs past the transition phase failed but keepers learnt a great deal from the experience and were thrilled with the success.
The 68 Baw Baw froglets will be kept in a climate controlled Baw Baw Bunker at Melbourne Zoo (a shipping container kept between 7 and 13 degrees) with staff keeping a close eye on their progress.
Zoos Victoria is working with the Baw Baw Frog Recovery Team and Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort Management Board to bring the species back from the brink.
Good luck little froglets!
Want to know more about the Baw Baw Frog and the work we’re doing to save this unique species? Head to www.zoo.org.au/melbourne/animals/baw-baw-frog