The learners were guided in their work by the Western Leopard Toad workbook that was created by the Forum’s environmental education team last year.
The eight learners gathered at the eco centre on the morning of December 12, and began with a door to door survey to discover how many neighbouring residents had spotted toads in their gardens. A number of residents reported toad activity. This survey not only gathered valuable data on toad numbers, but also helped to spread awareness of these vulnerable creatures amongst local residents.
In the evening learners had the opportunity for a night walk with the Park rangers to spot the toads, which are most active at night. A number of toads were seen.
In the morning the learners discussed how they could raise awareness about the plight of the endangered toads, and encourage local residents to help save them by moving them off roads and watching out for them while driving.
These new toad scientists will be valuable in the battle to ensure the survival of one of Cape Towns most endearing creatures.