Why corroboree frogs are threatened with extinction and how we can save them

Guest post by Tiffany Kosch, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at James Cook University

Southern corroboree frogs (Pseudophryne corroboree) are considered Australia’s most iconic amphibian due to their bright black and yellow coloration. What most people may not realize is that this frog is nearly extinct in the wild. Surveys conducted this year at Kosciuszko National Park found less than 50 frogs remaining. This beautiful frog is susceptible to the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). The chytrid fungus was introduced into the corroboree frog habitat in the 1980’s causing this species to decline steadily until the present day where it would be extinct if not for human intervention. Luckily for corroboree frogs, their declines were noticed right away by scientists, and a captive breeding and reintroduction program was initiated by the Amphibian Research Centre, Taronga Zoo, and Zoos Victoria. Earlier this year, the corroboree frog captive breeding program released over 2000 eggs into the wild.

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Planned funding cuts to Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

One of the first actions of the new Australian Parliament last week was the introduction of the Omnibus Bill; a suite of policy measures aiming to save $6 billion. One of the savings measures is to strip the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) of $1.3 billion of its funding. NQCC doesn’t think that this is a good idea. Let us explain why… Continue reading “Planned funding cuts to Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)”

Townsville dust study in international journal

Unknownpaper on contaminated dust in Townsville, based on the research undertaken by Professor Mark Taylor at the request of North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) late last year, has been published online in Science of the Total Environment, a critically recognised publication from the prestigious Elsevier Publishing House.

Acceptance into this peer-reviewed journal gives the findings yet more credibility, and calls into question the Port’s dismissal of the report’s findings.

NQCC is still awaiting a formal response from the State Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Queensland Health, but are hopeful that, after meeting with the Minister and senior staff in his Department in Brisbane, the State response will be forthcoming soon.