Last November, a portion of around 400 captive-bred Pickersgill Reed frogs and 75 tadpoles were released into Riverhorse Valley’s wetland. This critically endangered frog species’ natural habitat is in severe decline. Encouragingly, as reported by Dr Adrian Armstrong of the Conservation Research & Assessment Division at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, a few days after the release, one of the marked frogs was spotted.
Over the following weeks, Armstrong along with Jiba Magwaza also of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, monitored the release sites which also included Buffelsdraai landfill site buffer zone. It was apparent that more adult and sub-adult males were sighted. We’re hopeful that more of the released frogs are present and have moved off along the extended habitat to find wetter areas.
Read the previous story about the release here. https://riverhorsevalley.co.za/rhv-wetland-a-haven-for-endangered-frog/