Frog Species worldwide are in serious decline with certain species now extinct. In many instances these declines are attributable to adverse human influences such as deforestation, draining of wetlands and pollution. Other influences include climatic changes, widespread pollution and disease.
The loss of frogs should be of concern to all of us! As us humans constantly modify the environment for our own ends, it is clear that the destruction of the habitats of frogs leads directly to their disappearance. Due to their permeable skin Frogs are great bio-indicators giving a clear insight on the state of our environment.
There are over 84 species of frogs in Southern Africa of which 56% are endemic . One fifth of all our frogs were listed in the 1988 Red Data Book on threatened Reptiles and Amphibians. Four species were listed as “endangered” and may have disappeared altogether now.
Dune Ridge is wholly committed to the preservation of the natural environment. Wetlands are regarded as critically endangered. The removal of alien vegetation from our immediate vicinity and the surrounding uplands of Dune Ridge has revitalized a magnificent natural wetland.
Join us for a Frogging Safari where armed with gum boots, head lights and our very own frogging enthusiast, Henry, you will set to explore our local frog hot spots. Whilst mucking about in mud you get to catch these little hoppers, bag , identify and carefully release back into the wild.
The Safaris occur during the Summer months from September to February when it is breeding time. These Frog Safaris put amphibians, which are often overlooked, and their plight in the spotlight.