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The 2008 Breeding Season
This year as in previous years, various conservation organizations, research groups and volunteers from all over Cape Town, came together to save the endangered Western Leopard Toad and by the end of September, a total of 847 toads were removed from roads, while 149 were recorded as killed by motorists.
A greater effort was made to spread the word of the endangered toads’ plight and generate awareness on the breeding season and the volunteer drive. The Western Leopard Toad Conservation Committee or (WLT-CC) managed this process and coordinated the various City of Cape Town departments, with scientists from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and Cape Nature analyzing data and ensuring that all of the facts disseminated were accurate. Many advertising mechanisms were utilized, including numerous articles in community and local newspapers, two radio interviews, three presentations, five websites and one school. A total of 7850 pamphlets were dropped in 13 different toad inhabited areas, such as Bergvliet, Noordhoek and Glen Cairn.
Research work was undertaken by several individuals and organizations. This included SANBIs’ continuation of the DNA sampling program and their “Upload your Toad” photograph database.
The breeding season, like every year, had its surprises and this year was no exception!
Throughout the breeding period, phone calls and emails were taken from concerned and interested members of the public, as awareness on the toads’ existence and plight was heightened. Through assistance from the public, new breeding sites have been discovered, increasing the number of known toad breeding sites into the mid-thirties. Further findings and observations of the breeding season include the incidence of calls during daylight hours at numerous breeding sites; the movement of perhaps higher volumes of toads in early morning hours and a second large scale breeding episode in Kirstenhof.
Overall, the 2008 breeding season was a huge success thanks to all the organizations and public who assisted. It is largely felt that the public now has a better understanding and knowledge of the Western Leopard Toad and that through a combined effort by the people of Cape Town, we can effectively prevent the extinction and reduce the current threatened category of this priceless creature.
WESTERN CAPE LEOPARD TOADLETS READY TO RUN THE GAUNTLET
In August of this year, conservation personnel from the City of Cape Town, the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the Nature Conservation Corporation set out, as part of a broader campaign, to assist and save the endangered Western Leopard Toads on their annual migration to breed at various water bodies.
Joined by volunteers from all over Cape Town, the toad saving groups set out to prevent the death of as many migrating toads as possible. This is part of a greater effort to prevent the extinction of the species. The aim is to reverse the toads’ endangered status by achieving an increase in survival rate, especially of individuals reaching maturity.
It is now almost four months later, and the toadlets, the stock of this year’s breeding season are about to emerge any day now. Metamorphosised, the toadlets have completed their full cycle of growth and are now ready to embark on the first, most deadly journey of their lives. Although only the size of a one cent coin, the toadlets disperse explosively, uncertain on which direction they are headed or how far their journey will be. They are searching for foraging grounds, a place to live, with shelter and food, for the rest of their lives.
A city is decidedly one of the most difficult places to survive as an amphibian, which is why the toadlets need your help to make the journey and ultimately survive!
Please consider the following to save the toadlets and attract them to your garden:
A healthy Western Leopard Toad population is an indication of a healthy urban environment, and many of the actions we take to conserve this species will help other wildlife survive our urban environment.
Many thanks to all who continue to look out for our priceless Western Leopard Toad. Every effort, no matter how small, contributes to the specie’s survival. If you have any queries on toad-related issues, please contact Mark Day on the hotline number 082 516 3602 or email Mark Day at
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