TASMANIAN TREE FROG BREEDING

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 of this global issue.


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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 as “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.
⋅ If we can’t, the species will be at risk of extinction in the wild and the knowledge and skills we build up in our breeding program may be the only lifeline for this animal.