Threatened Amphibian Programme


Pickersgill’s Reed Frog Recovery Project

Pickersgill’s Reed Frog (Hyperolius pickersgilli) is a Critically Endangered species endemic to the KwaZulu-Natal coast. It is known only from a few sites, just 2 of which occur in Protected Areas (Umlalazi Nature Reserve and iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park). Most of the unprotected sites face imminent threat and as such require urgent conservation action. It is estimated that less than 1% of this species’ range falls within protected areas, and this does not represent a viable population size for the long-term survival of this species. As such, protection of the species at the remaining unprotected sites is critical....READ MORE

Specific conservation actions for Pickergsill’s Reed frog include:

  • Development of a Biodiversity Management Plan (this will be only the second frog species for which this is done in South Africa).
  • Securing unprotected sites, through Stewardship Programmes and, where appropriate, land acquisition.
  • Setting up a long-term monitoring programmes and population estimates.
  • Assistance with developing the ex situ (captive breeding) programme at Johannesburg Zoo (http://www.jhbzoo.org.za/amphibians.asp).  A captive breeding programme commenced for Pickersgill’s Reed Frog in January 2012; the first threatened species for which such a programme is being implemented in South Africa.
  • Habitat restoration/rehabilitation of new habitat for future reintroduction of rescue/captive-bred animals.