I’d remind people crows are diurnal or active during daylight hours, and toads are nocturnal, in other words foraging about at night. When do you suppose these two would meet? Far more likely you are seeing scavenging off road kill.” He continued.
KTB have been recording cane toads breeding and well established in areas that defy any measures such as ‘fencing’. “The number of toads I’ve seen and photographed happily climbing up a cliff face,
or deep in the bowels of the earth should lay to rest the idea that they are not proficient at these
tasks.” Said John Cugley, Administrative coordinator for KTB and ex-president of the Australian
“I wouldn’t have believed it if I wasn’t there myself,” Macca, owner of ‘go-wild eco-canoeing and
KTB volunteer was heard to have said. “Here I was with Liam Bartlet, Ben Scott-Virtue and the 60
minute team in the middle of Lake Argyle, some 20 nautical miles from the Eastern shore and low
and behold we find a toad happily swimming along. It beggars belief just how long it must have been
swimming for to get to that point!”
“With the toad still holding the record for being the most fertile animal found in the world, it takes
no great leap of faith, nor any in depth understanding of biological evolution to realize that this animal will adapt to any of the climatic conditions found in Australia, it really is only a matter of
time.” Dean Goodgame volunteer and Co- founder of Kimberley Toadbusters.
“With the toad’s impact on native biodiversity mitigated in and around Kununurra by an ever vigilant
community it humbles belief that the Government, both at a State and Federal level should even think about reducing funding levels. This is the first time a community as a whole has been able to
prove this, you’d think they would wake up and smell the roses!” Kate Millen, KTB team Leader and
volunteer for Saint John ambulance.
Kimberley Toadbusters continues to provide educational awareness to aboriginal communities,
schools, pastoral stations and Kimberley residents with the aim of invigorating a similar response to those undertaken by Kununurra’s community. Through KTB’s “What’s in your backyard” and “ Iconic species’ monitoring “ it is hoped that the Kimberley Community will be the first to really understand
the colonization process and be better equipped to mitigate the toads influence.
Contact Ben Scott-Virtue, Field Coordinator or John Cugley, KTB
Administration Coordinator on 91682576 for further information or for high resolution photos
If everyone became a toad buster. The toads would be busted!