Survey and monitoring of the Spotted Tree Frog populations to inform conservation actions - Final Report on Little Brown Things Project Agreement 1
Date: 03, Sep, 2019
Publisher: TSR Hub
The Spotted Tree Frog, is a priority species under Zoos Victoria’s Fighting Extinction campaign. The species has
already disappeared from 50% of known historic sites, is rare at all remaining sites and is predicted to continue to
decline without intervention (West 2015). Currently Spotted Tree Frogs are listed as critically endangered in Victoria
(DSE 2013) and endangered nationally under the EPBC Act 1999. Funding was recently secured by Zoos Victoria
under a Little Brown Things Project to support Spotted Tree Frog recovery efforts.
Proposed management interventions for Spotted Tree Frogs include identifying and creating safe-havens for frogs
from key threatening processes: non-native fish predation and disease caused by chytrid fungus. Extensive surveying
and monitoring for this species has occurred since the early 1990’s (Gillespie & Hollis 1996; West 2015). This work
has been crucial for threat identification and can now be used to understand of the species population trajectory.
Furthermore, the monitoring program is crucial for the evaluation of proposed management interventions.
1.4.1 Little Brown things Project Report_WEB_FINAL.pdf