Elephant Fencing: Home to the Sanctuary Tunneling Tree Frogs

We’ve been a little overrun by frogs here recently. We began noticing it a few months ago as we offered the girls the hose at the 4B water trough. We heard this little frog noise, kind of like a “whomp, whomp” sound. We looked around and realized it was coming from inside the fence tubes. We were concerned a frog had fallen in a pipe and went on a search to find (and rescue) whomever. Of course, sound travels oddly in steel piping. Eventually, we gave up on finding the little friend.

Then we started to hear the sound from inside the pipes more and more frequently. Eventually, we found one and realized it was a tree frog, who are able to come and go as they please with their little sticky toe pads.

These tree frogs usually sleep on trees during the day and are somewhat camouflaged by the bark. Their natural predators are birds of prey – like owls, and also our chickens. Apparently, the clever frogs learned that they don’t get eaten if they sleep in the pipes during the day instead of in the open. The frogs come out to eat when they are hungry.

Now, when we go along the fences, we see these frogs every few feet. We aren’t sure how the knowledge spread, but they are multiplying!

The clever tree frogs aren’t the only frogs that call the sanctuary home. We have quite a few charming frog species here, including those you hear in the video below. Scott joking calls them “NASCAR frogs” because they sound like cars zooming around a racetrack.

Video of Rana by the pond in Yard 4. Sound on to hear the frogs!


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    Cintia Abney says

    Lol ONG who won the race? Rana is perfectly ok with them, seems like ❤️

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    Alana says

    Looks & sounds to be perfect harmony.

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    Sue says

    Oh my gosh!! They really do sound like little NASCAR’s racing around, that is so funny!! Love frogs, they are so important ❤️ And I really enjoyed watching Beautiful Ranabug grazing – it was my moment of calm today, sorely needed. Love and hugs to all ❤️?❤️

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    Sunny says

    I love hearing a about the other inhabitants of the sanctuary ?

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    Crickett M says

    Oh, I love elephants, frogs and bugs and I’m happy to hear they are all finding a great home in the sanctuary. So many places in the world they are getting pushed out. And Scott’s nick-naming them “NASCAR frogs” is spot on!!! LOL!!! Thank you for sharing!

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    Nannette Stone says

    Hey Rana, it definitely sounds like you are in the middle of a racetrack

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    bo says

    So weird and completely different from how the average frogs sound.
    Or at least, the NASCAR (lol lol lol, spot on indeed, Scott!) frogs sound nothing like the frogs I am familiar with.
    So cool!

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    Jillyp says

    Gosh that’s amazing, I’ve never heard anything like it (except at a grand prix ?) and they’re so LOUD. They really are clever to find such a protected hiding place ❤️?? Rana seems to be wondering what the noise is ?

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    Beji says

    Rana is such a pretty girl! Maybe she’ll kiss a frog and poof! find her prince charming… And they all lived happily ever after!

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    Wim says

    They do have a successful habitat in Asia together where frogs lay their eggs in Elephants rain-filled footprints. Nice microcosm with marvelous sound show.

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    Rachel says

    When you post videos I always click on the full screen mode to take it all in and wow, what a beautiful sight it was to see Rana and her surroundings, frog noises and all. I had to watch twice. Couldn’t help but think of the healing that goes on in that peaceful place and suddenly the mom and daughter elephants from Argentina came to mind. Can’t wait to see Pocha and Guillermina step into their new home and begin their new journey together!

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    Lila says

    It’s true! They sound like little cars on a racetrack! And Rana, dear Rana, lovely and gorgeous like always. What a paradise!

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    Sallie says

    I feel a children’s book in the near future . . . “Rana & the Tree Frogs Sing for their Dinner!” Oh Joy!

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    Sherry says

    Vroom, sanctuary!❤️

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