Gracie the Graceful Frog
This week’s patient is Gracie a Graceful Tree Frog who was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital after being displaced from her home.
Gracie was found on groceries from a store so it would be impossible to find the location of her real home. This is a problem for Gracie because frogs can only be released back into the wild if we know the exact location they come from, so Gracie will spend the rest of her life in captivity.
The reason for this is due to a fungus called Chytrid. Chytrid fungus is killing amphibians throughout the globe already causing mass extinctions of frog species, it is said to be the biggest extinction since the dinosaurs.
Gracie will remain in captivity because although she appears healthy she may have been exposed to disease that other populations haven’t been exposed to. Releasing Gracie into a new home could put entire wild frog populations at risk. You can help our natives frogs by never moving them from one place to another intentionally. If you move a frog accidentally please bring it to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
Did you know?
You can help patients like Gracie by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
Together we can make a difference!