Rough Moss Frog on rock
One frog, one mountain

One frog, one mountain

The Rough Moss Frog is a Critically Endangered frog species found only on a single mountain range, the Klein Swartberg, in the Overberg district of the Western Cape, South Africa. In 2020 we realized that this little frog was in big trouble.

Jun 2, 2022
Vervet Monkey on ladder bridge
How did the monkey cross the road?

How did the monkey cross the road?

The Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) has adapted to thrive in human-altered landscapes. However, this also means they face many risks from humans and their activities.

May 2, 2022
Frogs: Friends, fortune, or foes ?

Frogs: Friends, fortune, or foes ?

While Leap Day for Frogs does highlight the threats to these creatures, it also celebrates them and creates an appreciation for them, which is the first step towards recognising their importance.

Apr 7, 2022
Fire for Frogs: using planned burns to save the habitat of the Critically Endangered Rough Moss Frog

Fire for Frogs: using planned burns to save the habitat of the Critically Endangered Rough Moss Frog

The Klein Swartberg Mountain towers above the town of Caledon in the Western Cape of South Africa amidst a field of agricultural development. This lone mountain is home to the only known populations of the Critically Endangered (IUCN Red List 2016) Rough Moss Frog, a minuscule amphibian species that requires moist mountain seeps to breed.

Aug 30, 2021
Ignorance is bliss: the unnoticed impacts of enjoying natural spaces and the role we all need to play in conserving them.

Ignorance is bliss: the unnoticed impacts of enjoying natural spaces and the role we all need to play in conserving them.

Despite our relatively recent urbanised society, most human beings still feel an innate need to immerse themselves in nature. To marvel at the magnitude of mountains, to feel the still, earthy air of a dense forest, to listen to the gentle trickle of a mountain stream – these are experiences that add value to our lives and provide us with space to think and feel.

Aug 30, 2021
Shows the Table Mountain Ghost Frog
Finding your frog prince(ss)

Finding your frog prince(ss)

Why should we, as conservationists, be concerned about gender issues? If our mandate is species and habitat conservation, why and how do we incorporate gender without overstepping our mark?

Mar 26, 2021
Global pandemics – why the amphibian extinction crisis also needs attention

Global pandemics – why the amphibian extinction crisis also needs attention

Frogs have been facing an even worse pandemic for the last twenty years? The chytrid fungus has caused death and species extinction at a global scale.

Apr 23, 2020
Frogging Fun

Frogging Fun

Each year, for the past three years, Jeanne Tarrant, manager of our Threatened Amphibian Programme, has participated in the Roselands Trust’s Butterfly Project at Roselands Outdoor Centre, in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal.

Oct 30, 2019