• Meet the AArk crew!


  • Partnering to save a species: The Amphibian Project Team experience


  • New partnership to save threatened Panamanian amphibians


  • The monitoring of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in ex situ and in situ African amphibians


  • Bolivian amphibian course “Conservación de la Biodiversidad de Anfíbios”


  • My journey to the home of the Critically Endangered Costa Rican,Green-Eyed Frog


  • Regional update from AMACZOOA


  • ARAZPA update


  • Swedish toad chorus croaks to glory


  • South Asian Amphibian Ark activities


  • Jumping In To Make a Difference, Part 2


  • The Bloomin Bog



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    AArk Newsletter No. 7, June 2009

    The Amphibian Ark team is pleased to send you the latest edition of our e-newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading it.

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    Meet the AArk crew!
    Kevin Zippel, Amphibian Program Director, Amphibian Ark

    In this newsletter, we thought you might be interested in meeting some of the AArk staff, the “ship’s crew” that works to raise awareness, build partnerships and capacity, develop guidelines and standards, and prioritize actions…essentially trying to coordinate the efforts of those rowing the boat so that we are all moving efficiently in the same direction.


    Partnering to save a species: The Amphibian Project Team experience
    Carol Rizkalla, Wildlife Biologist, Disney's Animal Kingdom

    Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) is a two-year program designed to provide participants with the experience of implementing a conservation project, and seeing it to completion.


    New partnership to save threatened Panamanian amphibians
    Brian Gratwicke, Biologist, National Zoo, Washington DC

    National Zoo biologist Brian Gratwicke talks about the newly-formed Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project www.amphibianrescue.org. This project will help expand our capacity to conserve the incredible biodiversity of amphibians in Panama that are threatened with extinction from the advancing wave of chytridiomycosis.


    The monitoring of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in ex situ and in situ African amphibians
    Desire Dalton, National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, Pretoria, Antoinette Kotze1, Genetics Department, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, and Dave Morgan, African Association for Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB), Pretoria

    A new research building has recently been completed at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, which has fully equipped laboratories where ex situ and in situ molecular genetic research is conducted and services are rendered to the conservation community.


    Bolivian amphibian course “Conservación de la Biodiversidad de Anfíbios”
    Cybele Sabino Lisboa, Biologist aa‚“ Fundação Parque Zoológico de São Paulo

    Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust supported by Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny and ALPZA organized a course entitled “Conservación de la Biodiversidad de Anfíbios”, from 12-18 February, 2009 in Copacabana, Bolívia. The program was based on three main issues: understanding the decline of amphibians, learning to prioritize and plan actions and learning how to monitor and manage amphibian populations.


    My journey to the home of the Critically Endangered Costa Rican,Green-Eyed Frog
    Douglas Sherriff, Specialist Keeper, Herpetology, Chester Zoo

    Chester Zoo has the only conservation-breeding population of the Costa Rican, Green-eyed Frog and maintains them in one of its dedicated bio-secure units, known as Amphibian PODs. This article first appeared in Z Magazine – the official magazine of Chester Zoo Members and Adopters, Summer 2009


    Regional update from AMACZOOA
    Yolanda Matamoros, President of the Mesoamerican Association of Zoos

    Yolanda Matamoros outlines four activities that AMACZOOA has been involved in during the last few months.


    ARAZPA update
    Compiled by Kevin Johnson, ARAZPA

    Two ARAZPA member institutions continue to be heavily involved with Corroboree Frog conservation programs. Michael McFadden from Taronga Zoo and Carly Humphrys from Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve report on their respective institution's progress.


    Swedish toad chorus croaks to glory
    Dr. Claes Andrén, Scientific Director, Nordens Ark, Maria Andrén, Sound Engineer, Andrén Sound Enterprice, Sweden, and Dr. Lena M Lindén, CEO, Nordens Ark
    In 2009 the German coordinator of the Bombina LIFE project decided to repeat the successful 2007 song festival for toads, and this was held on 10th of May, a week before the human  Eurovison Song Contest in Moscow, Russia.

    South Asian Amphibian Ark activities
    ZOO, WILD, South Asian Amphibian Network, CBSG South Asia, South Asian Network of IZE

    Various organisations in South Asia have been continuing their tireless efforts in raising awareness about the amphibian crisis. These are some of the events that the groups have been involved in recently.


    Jumping In To Make a Difference, Part 2
    Linda Gordon and Carolyn Carlson's Second Grade Classes, Tremont School, Columbus, Ohio

    Second-grade students from Tremont Elementary School in Arlington Ohio continue to raise funds for the Amphibian Ark. Their ongoing efforts represent a significant effort towards helping to save amphibians.


    The Bloomin Bog
    Isa Webb, Partner, The Bloomin Bog

    Staff and management of a water garden business in Canada become involved in the Year of the Frog activities in a number of ways. Isa Webb from the Bloomin Bog talks about the projects they became involved in.