Corroboree frogs (Pseudophryne corroboree) by Laura Grogan
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Black acrylic ink and watercolours on Arches 300g hot-pressed watercolour paper. Original size 6 × 4 inches.

Frogs are in the midst of a mass extinction crisis,

Corroboree frogs are one of Australia’s most endangered frog species. There are now less than 50 calling adults in the wild (Kosciuszko National Park), and their populations have rapidly declined in recent years largely due to the globally devastating amphibian fungal disease, chytridiomycosis. “It is the worst infectious disease recorded among vertebrates in terms of the numbers of species impacted, and its propensity to drive them to extinction” (ACAP, 2005).

Several centres around Australia are breeding and/or growing the frogs for reintroductions to the wild (including Taronga Zoo, Sydney, and The Amphibian Research Centre, Melbourne, with support from Snowy Hydro Ltd and the Department of Environment and Conservation NSW), however further research is needed to improve reintroduction success because the disease is still present. The frogs are 20-30mm (ie, 1in) long when fully grown, and they take five years to reach sexual maturity.

To find out more about these frogs, and what you can do to help, please visit:
Corroboree Frog Trust
Project Corroboree

See the work in progress for this picture:

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Featured in “Miniature Art”, 7th June, 2010

I’m passionate about ecology, wildlife epidemiology and environmental conservation. I hope that I can raise awareness about the conservation of biodiversity through my art and research (currently researching the devastating fungal disease, chytridiomycosis, which is threatening frogs worldwide). Help spread the word about conservation!

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  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Laura. So sad about the lack of numbers. Why do us humans allow to get this close?

  • Thanks! We do our best… there are many excellent and dedicated research teams around the globe investigating chytridiomycosis. But the Corroboree frogs are one of the success stories – they are now breeding in captivity, so we have the potential to reintroduce them if/when they go extinct in the wild – we haven’t been so lucky with many other species, unfortunately.

    – Laura Grogan

  • Sharon Williamson
    Sharon Williamsonover 4 years ago

    Another lovely piece, and a nice way to highlight the efforts being made for these (and other) amphibians.

  • Thank you! Seemed logical to write something about their conservation status when they are so critically endangered. :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonover 4 years ago

    awesome laura! can’t wait to have a look at the original ;-)

  • Thanks! Yeah, Red bubble seems to be slightly oversaturating the colours. Looks a bit psychadelic on here! The original is more demure. Glad to see you’re working too! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonover 4 years ago

    always ;-D

  • There – I’ve desaturated it by another 28 points… and it now looks more similar to the original! Crazy! The dragonfly picture I had to increase the saturation by 20… maybe I need a new scanner… it is clearly misbehaving! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    You are amazing. Love this.

  • Thanks! Its all about the frogs… :) I’m just lucky that some of my little subjects sat still long enough to photograph for painting!

    – Laura Grogan

  • DAMcD
    DAMcDover 4 years ago

    Tremendous observation! Great cause! & Stylin’ T!

  • Hey, thanks! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonover 4 years ago

  • Wow, thank you so much, I am honoured! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • uncleblack
    uncleblackabout 4 years ago

    frogtastic! really nice image.

  • Thanks so much UncleBlack!

    – Laura Grogan

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