Saving the Critically Endangered Kroombit Tinkerfrog from Extinction!
Posted on January 9th, 2023
Kroombit tinkerfrogs (Taudactylus pleione) are a very small, critically endangered species of frog found only at Kroombit Tops National Park, central Queensland.
The population is threatened by feral pigs and a frog-specific fungal disease (amphibian chytridiomycosis).
The current population size is believed to be as low as a few hundred mature individuals and
is in decline. Many groups and much effort have been invested over the last decade to save the
Kroombit tinkerfrog from extinction. This project is one example of these on-ground efforts.
Post-release, monitoring of the wild Kroombit tinkerfrog population will continue through call-recognition, eDNA monitoring and physical searches to track the success of the translocation project.
100+ captive bred Kroombit tinkerfrogs, Fitzroy Basin Association, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Queensland Frog Society, a number of land managers, an independent frog
ecologist, and a HEAP of volunteers!
This project is funded by the Australian Government in partnership with Fitzroy Basin Association, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.