Tiny Sloane's Froglet becomes giant student mosaic

Around 400 NSW students created a giant mosaic on Wednesday 1 June during the lead-up to World Environment Day (5 June) at Albury, jointly organised by AlburyCity and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

Sloane's froglet (Crinia sloanei)

Students aged from 8 - 15 years formed the super-sized artwork of a Sloane's Froglet, a threatened species and local resident. Created by Thurgoona artist Vicki Luke, the mosaic was so large a helicopter was used to capture aerial photographs.

The frog was made using a series of colourful boards carefully painted by volunteers from the Albury Volunteer Resources Bureau. Children from three local schools (Thurgoona Public School, Border Christian College and Trinity Anglican College) formed the surrounding habitat of the Froglet mosaic.

OEH Senior Threatened Species Officer Dr Dave Hunter said the Sloane's Froglet is a small frog that breeds in shallow winter flooding wetlands.

"The Albury suburb of Thurgoona is home to the largest population of Sloane's Froglets in NSW which makes this area extremely important for the species overall survival in the wild," said Dr Hunter.

"The mosaic was the centrepiece of the day but the children also participated in a number of fun activities exploring local threatened species such as the squirrel glider, corroboree frog, spider orchid and woodland birds."

The Sloane's Froglet is one of almost a thousand animals and plants threatened with extinction in NSW which the NSW Government Saving our Species (SoS) program aims to secure in the wild.

The SoS program works in partnership with schools, volunteers and Councils, such as AlburyCity, to save species that are at risk of extinction.

View time-lapse video of the creation of the Sloane’s Froglet mosaic.

Photographs for media.

Contact: Angela Read