Captive management and experimental re-introduction of the booroolong frog on the South Western Slopes region, New South Wales, Australia

  • Published source details McFadden M., Hunter D., Harlow P., Pietsch R. & Scheele B. (2010) Captive management and experimental re-introduction of the booroolong frog on the South Western Slopes region, New South Wales, Australia. Pages 77-80 in: Global Re-introduction Perspectives: 2010. Additional case studies from around the globe. IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group, Gland, Switzerland.


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Release captive-bred frogs

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  1. Release captive-bred frogs

    A before-and-after study in 2008–2010 in New South Wales, Australia (McFadden, Hunter, Harlow, Pietsch & Scheele 2010) found that only four of 610 released captive-bred booroolong frogs Litoria booroolongensis frogs were found a year after release. A total of 105 frogs were captured after release, 29 of which survived to sexual maturity and engaged in breeding activity. At sexual maturity, released frogs were similar in size and condition to wild frogs at the site. A high infection rate of chytridiomycosis was recorded in the population. A total of 610 two- to four-month-old frogs were marked and released along a 1.5 km section of a creek in February 2008. The creek was surveyed four times during the two months following the release and six times in October and February 2008–2010.


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