Zoos Victoria

Join Amphibian Ark. It's free to join and you'll be helping endangered frogs around the world including the Southern Corroboree Frog

Act Now for the corroboree-frog

What else can you do?

  • Get grubby and clean up your local waterways.
  • Hop to it and join the Melbourne Frog Census to survey frogs in your local area.
  • Make a frog bog in your school ground/backyard and e-mail us photos of what you’ve done.

There are two species of Corroboree frog, both found in alpine or sub-alpine habitats. The Northern Corroboree frog is found in the Brindabella Ranges near Canberra and the Southern Corroboree is found on Mount Kosciusko.

The Southern Corroboree Frog is Australia's most endangered amphibian with a wild population estimated at less than 50 individuals.

They are habitat specialists only living at high altitudes (>1000 m above sea level) in the Snowy Mountains region of Kosciuszko National Park, NSW.

Females laying their eggs in small burrows created by the males. The males fertilize the eggs then look after them as they grow. Tadpoles develop within the egg case until eventually released 4-6 months later when the burrow is flooded.

  • The Southern Corroboree Frog only occurs in alpine environments in Kosciusko National Park, and is under threat from disease and climate change.
  • Their name comes from the bright yellow markings which resemble the body paint used in traditional aboriginal corroborees (gatherings)
  • Corroboree frogs are the only animal discovered that can produce their own poison in their skin. Other animals get their poisonous status from eating toxic bugs and absorbing the alkaloids.
  • Their typical diet includes beetles, mites, ants and insect larvae.
  • These frogs have been particularly prone to Chytrid fungus which is a disease affecting the frogs skin. It is usually fatal and has affected
    frog species all over the world.

  • Their main threat is Chytrid fungus. This fungus is believed to have been accidentally introduced to Australia in the 1970s and destroys the frogs' skin, usually fatally.
  • They are also threatened by disturbances to their habitat due to 4wd use, ski resorts and introduced species
  • Climate change is also threatening these frogs as their breeding cycle is dependent on seasonal cycles
  • Severe bushfires in the Victorian and NSW high country in January 2003 destroyed much of the frogs' remaining habitat
  • Melbourne Zoo have a new purpose-built temperature controlled facility for breeding Southern Corroboree frogs. Healesville Sanctuary are breeding the Northern Corroboree Frog. Both are showing breeding success so far and have started re-introduction back to the wild.

At our Zoos...

  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Healesville Sanctuary

In the Wild...

  • Mount Kosciuszko