TASMANIAN TREE FROG BREEDING
We have built a quarantined facility to house Tasmanian tree frogs who are in danger of being wiped out by a terrible amphibian epidemic – the chytrid fungus. We are attempting to be the first facility to breed this species in captivity. We believe that with some clever conservation work we can save this beautiful frog and contribute to the response to this global issue.
Chytrid – a global epidemic:
- The disease caused by the chytrid fungus affects amphibians and has been called “the worst infectious disease ever recorded among vertebrates in terms of the number of species impacted, and its propensity to drive them to extinction”.
- The fungus now exists on every continent where amphibians live. It is spread through water and soil and is therefore very difficult to quarantine.
- For more information on chytrid, click here.
The Tasmanian tree frog – a key target:
- Veterinary testing with chytrid has revealed this frog to be one of the most susceptible species on the planet; it is rated at “very high” risk by the Tasmanian Government.
- In areas of Tasmania where the fungus has reached the tree frog appears to have been lost within a few years.
- The Tasmanian Tree Frog has a highly restricted range, mostly contained in the (at present) chytrid free South West World Heritage Area. It is our hope that we can keep the fungus out of this region.