“ACT Government ecologists worked to collect eggs of corroboree frogs from the field each year since 2003 to establish a captive, disease-free population in a special facility at Tidbinbilla.”
Mr Corbell said there are estimated to be less than 100 northern corroboree frogs remaining in the wild in the ACT with its decline attributed to the spread of the introduced pathogen Amphibian Chytrid Fungus, which in some cases has caused extinctions of frogs worldwide.
“I am pleased that the work of the ACT Government for this endangered species has reached this important milestone as it’s another step to halt the decline and see that the corroboree frog remains in the ACT,” said Minister Corbell.
The program is jointly funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative and the ACT Government, and managed by the Conservation, Planning and Research Unit of the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate.
Mr Corbell said the frogs have been released back to the sphagnum moss bogs in Namadgi National Park.
[Photo Courtesy Simon Corbell’s office]