Tinkling with Tinker Frogs
Globally, 1/3 to 1/2 of all amphibian species are threatened with extinction with more than 120 disappearing in recent years. Since 1990, roughly 20% of all known Australian frog species have become threatened in what is becoming known as the greatest extinction since the dinosaurs. Queensland hosts the highest extinction rate for frogs in Australia and the genus Taudactylus has been identified as requiring the most urgent attention. The reason for this disturbing trend remains largely unknown but the current situation appears to be part of a much broader global trend of amphibian decline.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary formed a partnership with Griffith University’s Environmental Futures Research Institute in 2009 to collect from the wild the only Taudactylus species that had not dramatically declined in number, the Eungella Tinker Frog. Keepers at Currumbin Sanctuary went on to then become the first in the world to breed a Taudactylus species in captivity! Important breeding and husbandry information collected by our specially trained keepers will contribute immensely to the fundamental information required to save the more critically endangered of the Taudactylus species.
In 2015, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary gained further international recognition by producing a second generation of captive bred animals (F2 generation). This is considered a major international achievement in husbandry and a significant milestone for the program. This level of in-house expertise proves the concept that we are ready to start recovering the critically endangered Kroombit Tinker Frog (T.pleione) and Northern Tinker Frog (T.rheophylus) from the brink of extinction.