Flipping fun fundraiser for critically endangered frogs

FLIPPING GREAT: Karen James said normally the fundraisers were bowling nights but she decided to do something different for the frogs.

FLIPPING GREAT: Karen James said normally the fundraisers were bowling nights but she decided to do something different for the frogs.

The call has gone out for the Dubbo community to get flipping to help a tiny frog.

The Dubbo branch of the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping is holding Flipping for Kroombit Tinker Frogs on Friday night. Between 6pm and 7pm, 50 per cent of the entry costs to Flip Out Dubbo will help ASZK support the critically endangered species.

Currently the tiny frog is only located at Kroombit National Park in south-east Queensland. It is believed there are less than 150 Kroombit Tinker Frogs in the wild.

Threats to the frog include wildfires, domestic and feral animals and timber harvesting.

We’ve raised $87,000 for a number of species in the last 10 years or so for animals that are super endangered.

Karen James

Organiser Karen James, who is also on the national ASZK board, said normally the annual fundraiser invites people to go bowling to help a species in need. However, when Flip Out agreed to come on board, Ms James said it was decided to flip for the frogs instead.

“It’s open to everyone – kids and adults. I’ve never been to Flip Out before but I was very excited to hear they have an adult trampoline,” Ms James said.

The money raised from the the Flip Out event, as well as all the other fundraisers held by ASZK groups, will go to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

The fundraiser is helping to save the critically endangered Kroombit Tinker Frog. Photo: Smithsonian's National Zoo

The fundraiser is helping to save the critically endangered Kroombit Tinker Frog. Photo: Smithsonian's National Zoo

Ms James said the wildlife sanctuary had been successful breeding similar frogs to the Kroombit Tinker. It was now looking at applying those same methods to the critically endangered species.

In addition to the entry money, funds will also be raised through a raffle and silent auction. Attendees will be able to bid on flying lessons, in addition to a number of other exciting items, Ms James said.

Bids on the silent auction items can also be made through the ASZK Dubbo Branch Facebook Page.

Each year ASZK chooses a different project to help. Ms James said fundraisers had been held in the past for animals such as the New Zealand kea and Sumatran rhinos.

“We’ve raised $87,000 for a number of species in the last 10 years or so for animals that are super endangered,” Ms James said.

Last year alone $15,000 was raised to help monkeys in Congo.