Slightly more than one quarter of Madagascar’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Habitat destruction and over-harvesting are the greatest factors contributing to this biodiversity crisis, but the impending threat of amphibian chytrid fungus is also of huge concern. Association Mitsinjo, a community-run organization founded by villagers in Andasibe, has launched Madagascar’s first amphibian captive breeding facility. The facility is fully functional and is run by a team of eight Mitsinjo technicians, who are maintaining more than 100 terraria housing eight local species, including a captive assurance colony of the Critically Endangered Golden Mantella Frog (Mantella aurantiaca), one of Madagascar’s most threatened amphibian species. Twenty-five breeding groups were established in separate terraria. Breeding began in late June, 2012 and since then more than 200 egg clutches have been produced with all twenty-five established groups producing fertile eggs.
Activities at Mitsinjo include:
- Development of the Amphibian Education and Outreach Center and community awareness
- Conducting husbandry research on captive frogs at the breeding facility
- Reforesting amphibian habitat at Analamazaotra Forest Station
- Screening wild populations for Bd twice each year
- Patrolling Golden Mantella breeding sites at the Torotorofotsy Wetland
- Long-term monitoring of frog populations around Andasibe
* The programs we are featuring are those from our Frog MatchMaker list that are working with species assessed as requiring ex situ rescue. More information can be found on the Frog MatchMaker web site.