Taking care of frogs at Uluru

Ranger Sarah Thorne monitors the water at Mutitjulu

Here at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park we are undertaking an intensive water quality monitoring project on the four waterholes at the base of Uluru.

These waterholes are extremely important to many species of fauna and flora, particularly some of the park’s frog species.  The death of frogs at Mutitjulu waterhole recently has concerned us greatly and monitoring is the first step to finding out what might be causing these fatalities.

The monitoring will focus on water chemistry and heavy metal testing across each waterhole.

By comparing the results at Mutitjulu to the other waterholes we hope to identify any obvious differences - a vital first step in understanding why our frogs are struggling in this area.

Kerrie, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Testing the water, with cultural heritage project officer Craig Woods