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Currumbin Sanctuary’s Kroombit Tinkerfrogs

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Venus the Kroombit Tinkerfrog. Photo courtesy of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary have successfully bred the highly endangered Kroombit Tinkerfrog in captivity for the first time and they are pretty happy about that.

Photo courtesy of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

A Kroombit Tinkerfroglet from this year’s successful breeding program. Photo courtesy of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Photo courtesy of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Since 2018, staff at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary have been working in collaboration with Queensland Park and Wildlife Service on breeding the critically endangered Kroombit Tinkerfrog in captivity.

In early 2020, Kroombit Tinkerfrogs housed at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s  Amphibian Conservation and Research Facility bred successfully in captivity for the first time.

In the past few weeks, we have witnessed the first of the tadpoles from this breeding event transform into a tiny froglet, making history for the species.

The Kroombit Tinkerfrog is a highly endangered species restricted to a handful of narrow rainforest gullies within Kroombit Tops National Park, 80 km south-west of Gladstone.

Despite many years searching, the spawn and tadpoles of this highly cryptic species have never been found.

The successful breeding of animals at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has therefore allowed us to observe eggs and tadpoles of the Kroombit Tinkerfrog for the first time.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services intend to continue breeding and raising Kroombit Tinkerfrogs for release to the wild, where numbers of this species are now critically low.

Captive breeding of Kroombit Tinkerfrogs is one of a number of actions being undertaken to help save this unique and ancient species from extinction.

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