A healthy corroboree frog, but for how much longer? Corroboree frog being tested for chytrid fungs.
Credits Corey Doughty
Help Rescue Frogs from the Brink of Extinction
Frogs are one of the most charismatic small animals and vital to ecosystem health, but all-too-soon, we could lose them forever. Frogs around the world are threatened by a deadly fungal disease known as amphibian chytrid fungus. We have already lost 6 species from Australia and another 7 are critically endangered. By working with zoos we are developing methods to improve the breeding program to increase survival. Will you help frogs threatened by chytrid fungus? Support us now by using the online form below.
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With increasing globalisation, infectious diseases of wildlife are spreading between countries and, similarly to weeds and feral pests, they can have a huge impact on biodiversity. Environmental agencies need methods to protect wildlife from new pathogens to which they have not evolved resistance. As a result of the arrival of the chytrid fungus in Australia in the 1970's, frog populations have declined: 6 Australian species became extinct and another 7 are now critically endangered. Since the fungus cannot be eradicated, the immunity of frogs needs to be increased to enable survival and produce self-sustaining populations. Our group is studying immunity in endangered and model frog species to better understand how some species and individuals can persist with the fungus. We work with captive breeding programs at zoos with the aim of developing a breeding program to increase survival. Please make your donation below.
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