AArk Documents

AArk Activities

The Amphibian Crisis and the AArk

AArk Publications

AArk Videos

2008 Year of the Frog Documents


AArk Activities

Glossy 5-year report

In March 2012, AArk produced a full-color, 44-page report “Amphibian Ark – Five years since the launch” highlighting our activities during our first five years.

Seed Grant Progress Reports

In November 2013 we produced a report which includes updates from each of the seed grant recipients on the progress of their projects. Low resolution (8.8 MB) and high resolution (33.5 MB) versions of the report are available.

Amphibian Husbandry Documents

A range of documents and presentations relating to amphibian husbandry can be found on our Husbandry Documents web page.

Science and Research

The Amphibian Ark Science and Research portal provides a range guide for amphibian research. The portal also offers an insight into the research needs of amphibian conservation breeding programs. The primary document is the Amphibian Conservation Research Guide

Amphibian Contacts

A global contact list of ex situ amphibian specialists, and those involved with Amphibian Ark is available, and this list continues to grow. Using the View control at the top of the list, on the right side of the page, you can filter the list of contacts by AArk staff, AArk Steering Committee, or by a number of regions.

Ex situ amphibian specialists are invited to add their contact details to the Temporary contact list, and these will be moved to the main list after they have been reviewed by our staff. Just click New at the top left side of the screen to add your details.

AArk Meeting Calendar

Forthcoming meetings that involve the AArk staff can be found in the Calendar.

Amphibian Conservation Needs Assessment Data

AArk Taxon Officers and others have held a number of national and regional meetings around the world to assist these regions to prioritize their local amphibian species for conservation planning programs. The resulting data resulting from these workshops is available on the Conservation Needs Assessment results page on the AArk portal. Our Conservation Needs Assessment process is outlined in a pdf file which is also available in Spanish.

See the Conservation Needs Assessment workshop page for more information about these workshops and the species evaluation process.


The Amphibian Crisis and the AArk

Amphibians as Pets – Considering an amphibian pet? Growing up with tadpoles in your backyard or classroom is a great way to learn about and appreciate the natural world. Some amphibians make excellent pets for enjoyment and education. However, keeping an amphibian (or any pet) in captivity is a real commitment to its well-being for the entirety of its possibly very long life.

New! Amphibian Ark tri-fold brochure – Screen version (1.1 MB), print version (1.1 MB)
Full color, tri-fold brochure about the Amphibian Ark and the amphibian crisis – great for providing information about AArk and our activities at your next amphibian-related event.

AArk position statement on US amphibian trade proposal

Amphibian crisis poster – Large format (4.5 MB), small format (500 KB)
A great-looking poster about the amphibian crisis, what’s being done, who’s helping, and AArk’s involvement.

Amphibian Ark 5-panel brochure
Full color, 5-panel brochure about the Amphibian Ark and the amphibian crisis

Amphibian Ark tri-fold brochure (original version)
Full color, tri-fold brochure about the Amphibian Ark and the amphibian crisis

AArk frog mask – Cut out your very own AArk frog mask and wear it with pride to show you care about amphibians!

Amphibian species fact sheets on the AArk web site

Amphibian Ark Fact Sheet, October 2008
Basic facts about the Amphibian Ark and the amphibian crisis

Amphibian Crisis Fact Sheet, October 2008
Basic facts about the amphibian crisis

Summary of the Amphibian Ark
What is the AArk?


AArk Publications

Carrillo, L., Johnson, K. and Mendelson, J.R. III (2015). Principles of Program Development and Management for Amphibian Conservation Captive Breeding Programs. International Zoo News Vol. 62. No. 2 (2015), pp. 96-107.

Johnson, K., Zippel K, Gagliardo, R., and Townsend, E. (2012). Amphibian Ark: Five Years Since the Launch. Amphibian Ark.

Johnson, K. (2011). Amphibian Conservation Needs Assessment Workshop for the Caribbean Region. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 18(3):144-147.

Johnson, K. (2011). An Update on Recent Amphibian Ark Activities. WAZA News 1/11:19-20.

Schad, K., ed. (2008). Amphibian Population Management Guidelines. Amphibian Ark Amphibian Population Management Workshop; 2007 December 10-11; San Diego, CA, USA. 31 p.

Zippel, K., Johnson, K., Gagliardo, R., Gibson, R., McFadden, M., Browne, R., Martinez, C. and Townsend, E. (2011). The Amphibian Ark: a global community for ex situ conservation of amphibians that cannot currently be safeguarded in situ. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 6(3):340–352.

Zippel, K. (2010). Climate Change and Amphibians. Animal Keepers Forum.

Zippel, K., R. Lacy, and O. Byers (eds.) 2006. CBSG/WAZA Amphibian Ex Situ Conservation Planning Workshop Final Report. IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Apple Valley, MN, USA.


AArk Videos

Promotional video (2012), very high resolution (3 minutes, 314 MB)

Leaping Ahead of Extinction (2012) Long version (2 minutes, 87 MB)

Leaping Ahead of Extinction (2012) Long version (1.5 minutes, 70 MB)


2008 Year of the Frog Documents

Year of the Frog Information Packs
WAZA Global Pack (English)
WAZA Global Pack (Español)
WAZA Global Pack (Deutsch)
WAZA Global Pack (日本語)
WAZA Global Pack (Portuguese)
WAZA Global Pack (简体中文)
WAZA Global Pack (繁體中文)
ACOPAZOA Infopack (Español)
ALPZA InfoPack for Kids (Español)
ARAZPA Year of the Frog Infopack
AZCARM Paquete Informativo (Español)
CMaG: ARAZPA NZ Infopack
EAZA Infopack (Français)
EAZA Infopaket (Deutsch)


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