Crocworld Conservation Centre to host talk in October by Frog Expert Dr Jeanne Tarrant

Join Dr Jeanne Tarrant, manager of the EWT’s Threatened Amphibian Programme (TAP) to learn some fascinating facts about frogs on the 14 October at Crocworld Conservation Centre. With almost 7000 species, frogs are found all over the world except the coldest and furthest reaches and they are important in many ways, they represent not just the health of our freshwater (and most terrestrial ecosystems too), but also millions of years of life on Earth.

 

Dr Tarrant will be sharing some frog facts, how EWT’s Threatened Amphibian Programme (TAP) is working to put them on the conservation map and why at the end of the day, we are all part of one big “family”, reliant on each other for survival. The Endangered Kloof Frog, Natalobatrachus bonebergi, is a focus species for TAP – occurring along the KZN and Eastern Cape coast and restricted to small streams in forested habitat. This species provides a unique opportunity for implementing citizen-science based monitoring programmes and is the subject of a current joint research project on phylogenetics.

 

“We look forward to having Dr Jeanne Tarrant join us for our October talk and can’t wait to hear all the facts about frogs she has to share with attendees,” commented Crocworld Conservation Centre spokesperson Martin Rodrigues.

 

Dr Tarrant has been active in the field of amphibian research and conservation for 11 years, since she joined the African Amphibian Conservation Research Group at North-West University where she completed an MSc and her PhD in amphibian conservation in 2012, under the guidance of Professor Louis du Preez. Jeanne finished a post-doctoral fellowship through North-West University in February 2016. Recognising the need to bridge the gap between research and conservation action in South Africa, Jeanne joined the EWT in 2012 and was responsible for starting the Threatened Amphibian Programme, dedicated to implementing on-the-ground conservation action for several of South Africa’s most threatened frog species, and raising public awareness about frogs through innovative educational outreach initiatives.

 

Tickets for the talk will cost R75 per adult and R35 for pensioners. Registration and welcoming will begin from 8:30am and the talk will commence at 9:00am. Tickets will entitle guests to complimentary teas and coffees, as well as access to the Crocworld Conservation Centre’s vast grounds and Izinyoni Indigenous Nursery. Lunch can be purchased from the onsite Le Rendez-Vous restaurant.