Fighting extinction: southern corroboree frog
Since 2001 Melbourne Zoo has been committed to fighting the extinction of the southern corroboree frog.
Disease and climate change have been major causes of the decline of the southern corroboree frog. It is thought that there are as few as ninety of these amphibians in the wild.
Melbourne Zoo maintains a captive insurance population of southern corroboree frogs. The zoo also coordinates a breeding program for release of these frogs into wild populations. They conduct research into infectious chytrid fungus disease which affects the southern corroboree frog.