Urban frogs and conservation challenges

Spotted Marsh Frog

Spotted Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis)

An article in the Higher Education section of The Age today reports on a project to assist the conservation of frogs in Melbourne by breeding tadpoles in captivity and then releasing them at ponds around the city, in an effort to re-establish populations. This project, conducted by QAECO researcher Kirsten Parris, Andrew Hamer of ARCUE, and qaecologists Stefano Canessa and Claire Keely, has been beset by problems – after three years, the team still has not managed to breed any tadpoles! This highlights the difficulty of using captive breeding as a conservation strategy, even for common species of frogs. It also demonstrates the prime importance of conserving wild populations and their habitats. The article finishes with a discussion of growling grass frog conservation in Melbourne’s ever-expanding outer suburbs.

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