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An olympic legacy: Green and Golden Bell Frog conservation at Sydney Olympic Park 1993-20

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The Green and Golden Bell Frog population at Sydney Olympic Park is one of the largest populations of the species remaining in New South Wales. This endangered species was identified in the midst of extensive site development occurring for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and became the focus of a long-term conservation program that has significantly influenced the design and development of the Park. This program has resulted in conservation of the original population, and establishment of two new self-sustaining sub-populations on newly-built habitats on remediated lands. This paper by Kerry Darcovich and Jenny O'Meara presents an overview of the frog conservation and management program at Sydney Olympic Park from 1993 to 2006. It describes how legislation, science, policy, development and sport have, with the dedication of hundreds of people and the tenacity of the frog itself, come together to bring about the frog's conservation. It describes how the frog and its habitat continue to be managed in an urban parkland setting, and the future challenges that are present in securing the long-term viability of the population.

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