1 year of The Frog Lab!
November 16th 2023 marks one year since ‘The Frog Lab’ first opened at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and what a year it has been!
The state-of-the-art breeding facility, together with lead researcher Michael Vella and his team, has helped breed more than 150 frogs in the last year. 24 of those have since been released into the wild, boosting population numbers in the Kroombit Tops National Park.
In 2020 Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was the first organisation in the world, to successfully breed a critically endangered Kroombit Tinkerfrog in captivity. There are likely less than 150 individual frogs of this species in the wild, so boosting population numbers is vital to their future survival.
“Frogs might be very small, but they play a massive role on our planet. Not only for the greater ecosystem but for us humans as well. The Frog Lab facility has been a huge aid in the conservation work we’re doing here at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.” - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Amphibian Specialist Michael Vella
This new purpose-built facility would not have been possible without the generous financial support of the 2020 Australian Government Bushfire and Habitat recovery package and the National Trust of Australia (QLD).
There’s still a lot of work to do. When the time is right and the weather permits, it’s hoped at least 30 more Frogs will be released into the wild.
We can’t do it alone though, The Frog Lab and Kroombit Tinkerfrog conservation program rely on donations and funding to keep up their vital work, and hopefully create a future for many different species of Frogs for generation to come.