It is Western Leopard Toad annual breeding migration time and the City of Cape Town is requesting all to be on the lookout for these unique creatures. Residents and visitors are requested to drive with caution as the toads often cross our busy roads during this period.
It is that time of year again when our local populations of endangered Western Leopard Toad (Sclerophrys pantherina) start making their way from their foraging areas in suburban gardens to their respective breeding ponds.
‘Residents should please keep an eye out for the awareness campaign posters that are being placed along the various roads where most of the migration movement takes place. The posters mark the areas where motorists should be most vigilant to avoid killing these charismatic amphibians, particularly on rainy nights,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.
The awareness campaign is coordinated through the Western Leopard Toad Conservation Committee which is a group representing the City of Cape Town, SANBI, CapeNature, and SANParks, as well as area coordinators who are mainly Capetonians managing volunteer activities within a particular geographical area.
‘The volunteers taking part in these activities brave wind, rain and cold, and often speeding motorists as well, to ensure our toads migrate safely to their breeding ponds. I want to thank these volunteers for contributing to the toads’ safe passage,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.
Most of the toads are killed while crossing our busy roads, all Capetonians should spare a thought for our small amphibious neighbours. The migration usually lasts only for a week or so and the continued survival of this threatened species depends on our consideration, and with responsible behaviour, we can each make a difference.
For more information regarding the Endangered Western Leopard Toad and to see how you can contribute, please visit: www.leopardtoad.co.za. The website also provides guidance on how to make gardens toad-friendly, and how a simple garden pond could also become a breeding space for this endangered species.
The following links also provide useful information:
- https://youtube.be/J9IPfizD8T4 – a welcome video made by volunteers, introducing Cape Town residents to active Western Leopard Toad volunteering
- http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/wlt-monitoring – the iNaturalist link showing Western Leopard Toad monitoring being done during the breeding season, and how residents can contribute
Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town
Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, City of Cape Town,
Tel: 021 400 5154 or Cell: 084 224 0023,