During last year’s breeding season volunteers helped close to 2 000 Western Leopard Toads as once again the Leopard toads made their way to the breeding ponds in the Far South and neighbouring suburbs.
“This is a big improvement on previous years and the statistics are promising, but we still need to do more to help these animals move safely around the suburbs,” says Alison Faraday of Noordhoek Unpaid Toad Savers (ToadNUTS) and its subsidiary, SPOTS (South Peninsula Outstanding Toad Savers). “This year we will be going all out again to make local motorists aware that Western Leopard Toads are migrating down our roads at night. We also need many more volunteers to go out at nights when the breeding season starts. Apart from helping the toads its loads of fun with families and friends saving toads together. We also invite the public to let us know about the start of toad migrations as we don’t have enough eyes and ears in every area.”
Volunteers contribute to Citizen Science.
“We need at least 10 years of statistics to clearly determine the increase or decrease in WLT numbers as well as to confirm suspected theories on breeding patterns. Little is known about their habits, and volunteers and members of the public are contributing to citizen science which will help save the animal and ensure the species survives for many years to come. Through volunteering we are saving an endangered species from becoming extinct, as well as ensuring that our children’s children will inherit this biodiversity, which they very much deserve to be a part of.”
Join Leopard Toad Volunteers
If you would like to help save the Western Leopard Toad and join the association of volunteers Call Alison on 082 771 6232 for more information. If you live in CLOVELLY call Kim on 0764548467. Also visit www.LeopardToad.co.za or call the WLT hotline on 082 516 3602.
I don’t like being a toad saver – I love it: Volunteer Melanie Gavin of Sun Valley.
“My whole family is involved – husband Dennis, daughter Jayden and sons Tyldesley and Aidan. We all get so excited when we spot one, then two and then a whole lot more. We photograph and measure them and name each one. We are hoping to recognise some of this year’s WLTs from last year’s photos – it wouldn’t do to give one frog two names. “My kids are already asking when it will be time to go out again and my sister, Claire, will also be joining us this year.”
Melanie feels strongly about helping to conserve these animals that do so much good by keeping pests under control in our gardens. “The valley is our home and we must look after it to the best of our ability. Every child should experience the joys of watching a tadpole turn into a frog, but this won’t happen if we ignore the fragile environment in which these remarkable animals live. Humans have invaded their area, so the least we can do is take care of the little space that is left to them.
“If you can’t help by patrolling, please at least be aware of what to look for when driving in wet weather, the time when the Western Leopard Toads are on the move. Every frog saved through awareness of what to look for on the roads and when to look for it will help ensure the survival of this beautiful animal.” “Busy roads in the urban areas where Western Leopard Toads live are death traps, and they need all the help they can get to survive,” says Suzie J’Kul, of Toad NUTS.
Read the special story of Princess the Leopard Toad who is a survivor and about people who care. http://scenicsouth.co.za//2012/07/princess-the-leopard-toad-is-a-survivor-with-a-big-message/