Southern Corroboree Frogs are a critically endangered species found exclusively in Kosciuszko National Park. The driving factor for their decline is an introduced disease known as chytrid fungus (chytridiomycosis). It is spread through water and population overlaps with host species, such as the abundant common froglet (Crinia signifera) who share the same habitat.
While some species, such as the froglets, are seemingly unaffected and subsequently act as hosts, other species, like the corroboree frogs, are highly vulnerable and entire populations can be decimated in a short space of time.
There is no cure for chytrid fungus at this stage, however some great studies are being undertaken in partnership with the University of Wollongong to look at immunity. There's also a successful breeding and reintroduction program for corroboree frogs through the efforts of several organizations including OEH, Taronga, Melbourne Zoo, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, and several others. A lot of positive work going into the conservation of an iconic Australian amphibian species 😊🐸 (Photo credit to Jonny Weeks from the Guardian)
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