Progress of amphibian ex situ conservation program

 

 
Species   Luristan Newt, Neurergus kaiseri
Region where the program is based   Europe
The country or countries where this program is based   Various
The authority that recommended this species for an ex situ program.   At an Amphibian Ark conservation needs assessment workshop
Has a genetic analysis been performed on wild populations to define the target taxon, i.e., verify that single, viable Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESU's) that are managed as separate populations, are not confounded by cryptic species or polymorphisms?    No
If the answer to ESU is No, then there should be an entry for the needs in AArk's Conservation Projects list. This is a link to the project.     
Name of the institution(s) managing the ex situ population.   Various European institutions and private breeders
The year that the program started   2003
Is at least some portion of the captive population maintained in range country?    
Are sufficient resources available to manage the ex situ population?   Yes
If additional financial resources are required then there should be an entry for the needs in AArk's Conservation Projects list. This is a link to the project.     
Are adequate numbers of skilled staff available with the appropriate ex situ amphibian experience?   Yes
If additional staff training/expertise is required then there should be an entry for the needs in AArk's Conservation Projects list. This is a link to the project.     
Is sufficient space available for the required population size?    Yes
If additional facilities are required then there should be an entry for the needs in AArk's Conservation Projects list. This is a link to the project.     
Has a Taxon Management Coordinator for the ex situ population been appointed?    Yes
Name of the Taxon Management Coordinator   Helena Olsson
Taxon Management Coordinator’s institution   Parken Zoo
Taxon Management Coordinator’s email address   helena.olsson@parkenzoo.se
Has a Taxon Management Group or Recovery Team been established?   Yes
Names and institutions of Taxon Management Group members   Helena Olsson, Parken Zoo
Claes Andrén, Nordens Ark
Markus Auer, private breeder
Dianne Barber, Ft. Worth Zoo
Sergé Bogaerts, private breeder
Joe Chattell, Blue Planet Aquarium
Ilze Dunce, Riga Zoo
Gerardo Garcia, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Jennie Hakansson, Parken Zoo
Arnaud Jamin, private breeder
Peter Janzen, private breeder
Jochen Kopetsch, private breeder
Linn Lagerstrom, Parken Zoo
Francois Maillet, private breeder
Nate Nelson, Sedgwick County Zoo
Jean Rafaelli, private breeder
Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Faculty of Science, Razi University
Ben Goedhuys Van Dyck, Antwerp Zoo
Henk Wallays, private breeder
Henk Zwartepoorte, Rotterdam Zoo
Has a Taxon Management Plan, Recovery Plan or Species Action Statement been written?   Yes
Web link to Taxon Management Plan    Management guidelines for Neurergus kaiseri
Have Husbandry Guidelines been written?   Yes
Web link to Husbandry Management Guidelines   Husbandry guidelines for Neurergus kaiseri
Have any knowledge gaps in the species biology or in their interaction with potential threats been identified that could benefit from research using the ex situ population?     
List of any knowledge gaps    
Have founder needs been calculated using the AArk Amphibian Population Management Guidelines    
Have sufficient potential founders been collected? (The AArk Amphibian Population Management Guidelines recommend a minimum of 20 pairs of founders).   Yes
If sufficient founders have not been collected, is there an ongoing search for additional founders?     
The number of potential founders that were collected (males, females and unsexed).     
Is the ex situ population managed by nationals from the range country?    No
What tools are used to maximize retention of gene diversity?    Others
Has the population produced viable offspring?    Yes
Have the first generation captive-bred animals bred successfully?    
Is the ex situ population housed in permanent isolation from other populations occurring outside its range?    No
Is work being supported to study and mitigate threats to the species in the wild, either by the institution or by a regional wildlife agency?    No
Have captive-bred or captive-reared animals been released into the wild?    No
If releases were undertaken, have disease screening protocols or veterinary health checks been conducted prior to releases to the wild?     
Is follow-up work being carried out to monitor progress of the released animals?     
Is the taxon again secure in the wild, even if it might still require some ongoing in situ management? i.e., has the need for a captive assurance population been obviated such that we can call this a successfully terminated captive rescue program?    No
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