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Monitoring rainforest frogs in Gondwana Rainforest

As climate change increasingly impacts our native habitats, it is imperative that scientists monitor the health of these ecological sites to help conserve them for the future. In the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests, NPWS is conducting an extensive observation program for ancient frogs, which are indicator species for high altitude rainforest.

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Indicator species are often among the most sensitive animals in a particular region, which means they can be used as an early warning sign for significant changes in habitat conditions. By monitoring ancient frogs which are an indicator species in Gondwana mountaintops, scientists are able to draw conclusions about the moist forests in which they live. This assists NPWS in managing these areas more widely.

After extensive research carried out with the help of volunteer students from participating universities such as Newcastle University, Griffith University and Southern Cross University, scientists now have an understanding of the climatic conditions influencing the distribution and breeding of frogs like the hip-pocket frog, the yellow-bellied mountain frog, the sphagnum frog, and the mountain mist frog. This has allowed us to assess habitats at high risk and develop management plans for their conservation. This will ensure the preservation of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and the animals which call it home.

Parks related to this program

Washpool walk, Washpool National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary