Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Saving Frogs with Michelle Howard - Zoos Victoria

Frogs play a vital roll in any environments ecosystem. They are also extremely vulnerable to environmental change since they require a stable environment in both the water and the land. Zoos Victoria has several initiatives aiming to conserve the welfare of frogs in our state.

At both Werribee and Healesville they are holding frog spotting nights where you have the chance to grab a torch and learn to identify frogs from their calls. You can also do your bit at home by recording any frog sounds you hear and sending them to the zoo. By collecting these recordings, Zoos Victoria can identify exactly which species of frogs are inhabiting where.

Click here to listen to Michelle Howard discuss these campaigns as well as saving the Southern Corroboree Frog (pictured) which is facing extinction as a result of disease caused by infection with a pathogen known as the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus as well as habitat destruction.

Find out more at http://www.zoo.org.au/

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