New Zealand native frog conservation

Monitoring of native frog populations is one of the most widely used tools in amphibian conservation. The examples highlighted on this page involve people conducting frog monitoring work to achieve two main goals: (1)  collect useful information for amphibian conservation management, and (2)  engage the local community with native frog conservation.

Increased monitoring effort involving local communities

During 2015 and 2016, the translocated population of Archey’s frogs in Pukeokahu Forest, was monitored under a participatory science model that gathered together people from the New Zealand Department of Conservation, Rereahu iwi, University of Otago, Auckland Zoo and others.   

Click below to read a wider description of this project published in the digital magazine Froglog (Issue 118, p. 83-85).

Facilitate the indigenous right of guardianship for treasured species

Every researcher who wants to work in the field with a treasured species for Māori people (i.e. whānau/hapū/iwi taonga), needs to first undertake a consultation process. In a short essay, we describe our perspective about why and how we could facilitate the guardianship right (kaitiakitanga) as frog researchers in New Zealand.  Click the button below to read the full essay published in the Newsletter of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand (Number 44, p. 6-7).   

High school students present their frog research work at a scientific conference

Students from Huanui College, a high school in Whangarei, and the University of Otago Frog Group, co-developed a research project in the Northland region of New Zealand. The aim of this work was to characterise microhabitat features of a Hochstetter’s frog population, as well as to enhance native frog conservation understanding amongst the participants. Click below to see a poster that was presented at the Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand (SRARNZ), celebrated in Whangarei on January, 2017 to showcase this collaborative project.