|Image Credit: Jean Tresfon
Winter rains have greatly assisted in partially replenishing the dam after completely drying up this last summer. This hopefully augurs well for our own annual animal migration.Yes, it’s that toadally awesome time of the year again when the endemic and endangered Western Leopard Toads migrate from their garden homes to various water bodies, like Die Oog, to breed.
These toads live and breed in low lying areas around Cape Town including Noordhoek, Zeekoevlei, Bergvliet and Observatory. As urban development took place in these areas, the toads moved into residential gardens which is where they spend most of their time.
Now is when they migrate to water, some travelling as far as 7-8 kilometres! The males first make their way when they are ready to congregate and start calling the females with their deep, throaty, nocturnal bellows, like LOUD snoring!
There are some easy things that we can do to support the toads, most notably to SLOW down when driving during breeding season, especially on rainy nights.
As it is the Year of the Frog, the Two Oceans Aquarium has a temporary exhibit of Western Leopard Toads. Their blog has some more interesting information and you can listen to the snoring calls.