Corroboree Frog Appeal

The future is on your hands

Australia's Corroboree Frog is teetering on the brink of extinction. A devastating foreign fungal disease, drought and feral animals have torn through this iconic Aussie species, slashing numbers in the wild from close to a million to just 50.

Your generous support will assist us in eradicating chytrid fungus disease, continuing our vital Conservation Breeding Program, building new disease free and safe enclosures and ensuring essential research continues for this iconic Aussie species.

All donations of $2 or more are fully tax-deductible for Australian residents.

$25
Will feed one Corroboree Frog at Taronga for a year
Your on-going support is extremely helpful for our conservation, breeding & research programs.
$50
Supports the breed for release program at Taronga Zoo, Sydney
Your on-going support is extremely helpful for our conservation, breeding & research programs.
$75
Assists in funding field trips to release frogs back into Kosciuszko National Park
Your on-going support is extremely helpful for our conservation, breeding & research programs.
$100
Will help pay for chytrid fungus swabs and disease investigation equipment for analysis
Your on-going support is extremely helpful for our conservation, breeding & research programs.
Other
Your on-going support is extremely helpful for our conservation, breeding & research programs.

Time is ticking

Time is ticking for the Corroboree Frog. In the 1970s, the distinctive bright yellow body of the Corroboree Frog was easy to spot in the wild, with a thriving population of up to 1 million. But now, they’re almost completely gone. We have to act now before they're gone forever.

Why are numbers declining?

The past few decades have seen the spread of a deadly disease, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Chytrid fungus has torn through wild Corroboree Frog populations.

The disease, believed to have originated in Southeast Asia, spreads through water and frog-to-frog contact. Once a frog’s infected, it suffers electrolyte imbalances and then, cardiac arrest. As frogs and tadpoles don’t die immediately from the fungus, it spreads rapidly.

With the Corroboree Frog not reaching sexual maturity for four years, they’ve been unable to bounce back from this deadly disease. Prolonged droughts in the Kosciuszko National Park have also taken their toll on the Corroboree Frog.Corroboree Frog

The National Recovery Program

Thanks to your generous support, Taronga has been able to assemble a team of Australia’s best and brightest scientists to spearhead the Conservation Breeding Program to save the Corroboree Frog.

We’ve partnered with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Zoos Victoria, the Amphibian Research Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and the University of Wollongong and are having great success in:

  • Breeding large numbers of frogs to be used for reintroduction or conservation research.  Releasing thousands of eggs back into the frog’s natural alpine habitat to help rebuild numbers
  • Releasing frogs into specially built Corroboree Frog ‘enclosures’ in the Kosciuszko National Park that keep frogs safe from chytrid fungus and feral animals

 

Donate today and join the fight to save the Corroboree Frog before it's too late.