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THE DENMARK PROGRAMME

After years of good breeding results for the fire-bellied toad and natterjack toad in the Zoo’s Breeding Centre the amphibian project is now including the endangered species, the green toad. Eggs were collected at a site on the island of Lolland and after hatching and development in the Zoo’s Breeding Centre 286 small well-fed green toads were released in the areas of the Høvænge forests on Lolland. The project is in close collaboration with Amphi Consult and a local landowner and is expected to be extended to other locations in the coming years.

Natterjack toads from the area of Refsvindinge on Funen are still breeding well in the Zoo and release of tadpoles at the site of Refsvindinge Brewery in 2015 is a further proof of the project’s positive development.

The Zoo visited the local school to teach the pupils about the project. The pupils also participated in the release of the small toads.

Subsequently, the locals held an evening event at the water hole were more tadpoles were released. As a result several landowners
have now agreed to make their land available to project. Local involvement is critical for conservation projects such as this one and has also been a strong factor in the great success of the fire-bellied toad project on the island of Hjortø.

After the success with the fire-bellied toads project on Hjortø the project has expanded to the island of Enø. The supply company NK Forsyning in Næstved has built a covered enclosure for fire-bellied toads which was put in to use in 2015 in order to help them breed.

In collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark natterjack toad eggs from four different pairs were sent to a laboratory in Seville. The eggs are part of a research project that aims to clarify the impact of climate change on amphibians.