The Western Leopard Toad is classified
as Endangered by the IUCN as it lives within a very small
part of Western Cape Province. This toad is in urgent need
of conservation, but before we can make comprehensive
conservation management plans, we need to find out more
about how many adult toads are living in different areas.
Here is how you can help
Each toad has a unique pattern on its back which can be
used to identify it, rather like a fingerprint. If we can
get good images of the backs of all the toads in your area,
it will help us in two ways:
- We can find out where the toad you photograph goes to
breed each year by matching the photograph you take with
images taken at breeding sites.
- We can use individual patterns recorded in the
photographs as unique marks which can tell us how far
the toads travel or how long they live, especially if
the same toad is pictured many times in different
Here is what to do:
If you have any toads in your garden, or if you find
toads at a friend's house or on a walk:
- Take a picture of the back of the toad.
- It will need to be in focus,
- show the whole of the back of the animal from
- include something for scale (e.g. R5 coin,
|A useful photograph showing the
markings on the back of the toad which may be used
for the identification of this individual as well
as an indication of size.
||Although this a really groovy
mugshot it isn't any help to us as it does not
show the markings on its back which are used for
- Make a note of the place where you took the picture
- This can be a street address,
- a GPS co-ordinate,
- or you can find co-ordinates by using a web
program like Google
Earth or BGIS
- Make a note of the time and date that you took the
picture (usually your camera will record this).
Once you have all of this information, press the button
at the bottom of this page to Upload your toad.