Dressing up in gumboots, 3 pairs of pants, 2 long sleeve tracksuit tops, a wooly beanie and my snow jacket. I joined the amazing plight to save the Western Leopard Toad.
Two days into toad duty I was smitten with The Western Leopard Toad. I could identify them, males, females, “toadlets”, big mammas and my best toads in amplexus. After many weeks of toad duty I only came across one amplexus. I could feel the love in the air. Its summer now and I often wonder if our hard work in the pouring rain actually made a difference. Well I am so proud to enlighten you with the following..
In April this year, Toadnuts and The City of Cape Town got stuck into a piece of land in Kommetjie and transformed it into a wetland. Alison Faraday reports that “The Western Leopard Toad was previously common in Kommetjie, but because of loss of habitat, its number plummeted. The restoration of this ancient wetland site gives hope that this endangered species will once again flourish on the south peninsula!” Volunteers and donators spent time and money on this project turning it into a beautiful thriving little part of nature. This is what it looked like in the 1940’s and to date.
I received word from Captain Faraday that yesterday she was called out by Wally Petersen who runs the local environment group in Kommetjie to confirm that tiny Western Leopard Toadlets have been spotted hanging out in the new Skilpadsvlei. This means we are making a difference. And it’s true! Their breeding at Skilpadsvlei has been successful. The news is fantastic as this is the first time toadlets have been recorded in that area for many years. I present the “new kids on the block”
Being aware of all the remarkable creatures that live in your hood is no big deal. It’s being smart and responsible to the world we live in. So do yourself a favour join www.toadnuts.co.za keep yourself informed and as Gandhi says – “be the change you want in the world”
SAVE OUR FROGS DAY
Creating awareness of the Western Leopard Toad as initiated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. The Save our Frogs day will have kiddies activities with face painting, storytelling and a tombola as well as a craft market. The local school children will provide some musical entertainment and view our adult educational installation featuring a toad friendly garden and how to install a toad saver in your pool! Read More..
Save our Frogs Day,
Date: Saturday 1 December 2012
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: Noordhoek Farm Village
Contact: Alison 082 771 6232 or email email@example.com
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