Conservation introduction of the Cape platanna within the Western Cape, South Africa

  • Published source details Measey G.J. & deVilliers A.L. (2011) Conservation introduction of the Cape platanna within the Western Cape, South Africa. Pages 91-93 in: Global Re-introduction Perspectives: 2011. More case studies from around the globe. IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group & Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, Gland, Switzerland.


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    A replicated study in 1988–2011 at four water bodies in the Western Cape, South Africa (Measey & de Villiers 2011) found that some translocated Cape platanna Xenopus gilli metamorphs survived for over 23 years. A year after release, seven frogs were recorded at one of the four release sites (the site that had received the most metamorphs). Nine years later in 1998, six females were captured, three of which were marked. In 2008 and 2011, frogs were recorded at the same site. Two of the frogs in 2008 and one in 2011 had been marked in 1998. In 1988, 154 metamorphs were translocated 25 km to four water bodies (one received 69) where the species was historically present. Monitoring was conducted in 1989–1990, with additional visits in 1998, 2008 and 2011. In 2008 and 2011, baited funnel traps were placed at each release point.


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