New breeding facility saves dying frog populations

Taronga Zoo is reestablishing Australian Boorolong frog populations at a $ 178,000 (US $ 127,000) breeding facility funded by the Australian Government.

The Booroolong frog is an endangered species native to the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales (NSW), and the severe drought of 2019 has depleted river habitat and almost wiped it out.

“The long-term drought in northern New South Wales has certainly had a major impact on this species,” Michael McFadden, unit supervisor of the Taronga Zoo’s Herpetology Department, told AAP. “It is clear that they have probably disappeared from some of the local streams found.”

Taronga Zoo rescues 58 rare frogs from arid habitat and puts them in a breeding facility with the help of the Australian Museum and the New South Wales Government’s Saving Our Species program to revive this species. I moved it.

“At that time, that was the only species we found,” McFadden told AAP.

The Government of New South Wales has taken the opportunity to support this type of protection, funding the construction of upgraded enclosures and providing the $ 178,000 required to build zoo habitats through the Saving Our Species program.

The upgraded man-made habitat has advanced features such as special UV lighting, temperature control that mimics the changing seasons, and flowing water that can accurately reproduce the natural habitat of frogs.

This facility is critical to the declining population of boulon frogs due to multiple factors in the wild, including droughts, fires, lack of viable habitat, and quilted fungi that can exterminate species. ..

“A disease called chytridiomycosis has spread around the world and we have seen 150-200 species of frogs extinct throughout Central America.” McFadden told Taronga Talk.. “Here in Australia, we have lost the six species we know today since 1979.”

Frogs live in only one breeding season, and in the current situation, these conditions can cause frogs to fail to breed and become extinct without help.

Species extinction is important, according to McFadden. Because the loss has a negative impact on the native ecosystem.

“Most species play a major role in the ecosystem, and some small, unobtrusive species play an absolutely large role in the ecosystem, even though they are small, common species of frogs,” McFadden said. Stated. “So it’s absolutely great to keep all of these species permanent in the wild and ensure they continue their role.”

James Griffin, Minister of the Environment, New South Wales, said he was pleased that the government was able to establish an insured population of frogs that are now thriving in the new enclosure.

“We have now succeeded in establishing an insured population for Boorolong frogs, and after a $ 178,000 New South Wales government-funded upgrade, they are thriving in state-of-the-art homes,” said NSW Minister of the Environment.James Griffin said..

“We are celebrating the success of the Booroolong frog captive breeding program and hope that it will ultimately help restore their wetland habitat,” Griffin said. .. “We know that habitat conservation and conservation is important to secure the future of this important native species,” he said.

Lily Kelly


Lily Kelly is an Australian-based reporter of The Epoch Times, dealing with social issues, renewable energy, the environment, health and science.