Future looking a little brighter for Northern Corroboree Frog

Future looking a little brighter for Northern Corroboree Frog

15 June 2022

In partnership with the Australian National University, the ACT Government has been developing and trialling a new approach and methods for conserving and establishing wild populations of the critically endangered Northern Corroboree Frog.

Embedded in a long-running conservation program for Northern Corroboree Frogs, over 2,000 individuals have been released from the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve breeding facility to establish wild populations over the last two years, with some being introduced to a novel site within Namadgi National Park. Although this species has not been found at this location historically, it has all the habitat requirements needed for this species to thrive – even, it seems, in the presence of the deadly Chytrid Fungus.

This year’s monitoring results at the location show that not only are the released frogs persisting in the face of Chytrid Fungus, they are in excellent body condition and breeding, which is exactly what we want to see.

This outcome is in no small part attributable to the strong collaboration between the recovery program’s partners. Whilst ongoing monitoring and research are essential in informing management actions throughout the life of the project, we can’t help but be cautiously optimistic about the future of this iconic species.

You can read more about Northern Corroboree Frogs, through the Tidbinbilla website.