July 24, 2021

Big mission to save tiny frog

Most people have probably never heard of a Pickersgill’s reed frog, but Ian Du Plessis would like that to change.

At 2.5cm, and no bigger than a R5 coin, these endangered, rare amphibians are endemic to South Africa, but only exist in a narrow stretch of coastal wetlands in KwaZulu-Natal.

These frogs, says Du Plessis, who is the curator of reptiles, fish, insects, amphibians and arachnids at the Johannesburg Zoo, feed on malaria-carrying m…

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