Baw Baw Frog

Baw Baw Frog

The Baw Baw Frog, Philoria frosti, a mottled brown-black native of Mount Baw Baw is listed under the IUCN red list as critically endangered. The frog has a very restricted distribution, and is confined to an area of only 10 square kilometres in Victoria's Central Highlands.

The frog has recently experienced a massive population crash, recent surveys indicate that its numbers decreased by 98 per cent between 1993 and 2008, primarily due to logging and other forms of environmental stress. Numbers have slid even further in the past two years, with less than 250 individuals now left in the wild.

In 2012, the Victorian government withdrew $20,000 in funding for wild population surveys. Zoos Victoria has stepped in to allow the annual surveys to continue. Unfortunately, this funding does nothing to arrest the species' decline.

 

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    On the cool slopes of Mount Baw Baw lives a small, brown frog who’s call is becoming quieter... Known as the Baw Baw Frog, numbers of this endemic Victorian ...
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