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The 2007 Breeding Season
This years' breeding season started off rather later than expected, and in some areas breeding calls were only heard in early September!
In Kirstenhof, males started moving towards their breeding sites on the 20th August and tapered off within four days. During this time more than 40 toads were assisted across Raapkraal and Orange Roads, but many more were assisted by enthusiastic volunteers, including Jean Fillis and others. Permanent signage was also put up in Orange Road by the City of Cape Town, and additional temporary signage was put up by The Nature Conservation Corporation for August and September.
At Die Oog in Bergvliet, breeding males were only heard calling on the 3rd October! This is by far one of the latest records of breeding within the last few years. Die Oog is an almost 200 year old man-made dam and is the densest known breeding site on the eastern side of the Table Mountain range. Staff from The Nature Conservation Corporation and City of Cape Town helped move toads off the roads, onto pavements, which greatly reduced the amount of roadkill in the Bergvliet area. The problem fenceline at Die Oog has been improved. The Friends of Die Oog has inserted short pipes at ground level to allow amplectant pairs to move through easily.
At present the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is conducting research on the genetic variance of the breeding populations of Western Leopard Toads, throughout its distribution. This will hopefully aid in the understanding of this charismatic toad.
For those who volunteered their evenings to assist the toads, a VERY big thank you, and we hope you will assist next year too!