Assessment Results

Assessing the most urgent conservation actions for the world’s amphibians

Amphibian Ark Taxon Officers help to coordinate all aspects of implementation within the AArk initiative, including helping AArk partners in identifying priority taxa for in situ (in the field) and ex situ (in captivity) conservation work. The first part of this process involves assessing amphibian species, to identify priority species and their immediate conservation needs. Ex situ conservation of a threatened amphibian species is considered a necessity when the imperative of in situ conservation cannot by itself ensure the survival of a species and its ecosystem. A complete description of our assessment process is available in English and in Spanish.

Assessing the conservation needs of the amphibians of Hong Kong and Guangdong provinces.

The following table includes the results from all the conservation needs assessment workshops that have been held so far. The column headings in the table represent conservation roles determined by the conservation needs assessment process. Conservation roles that are now included in the assessment process are shown in green. Conservation roles from an earlier process, which are no longer used in our assessments are shown in red. In the earlier version of the assessment process, the assessors selected one conservation action from a list of six actions for each species, however in the current assessment process, one or more conservation actions are selected for each species by the assessment tool, based on various triggers in the data collected for each species. This has proven to be a much more reliable method of assigning the most urgent conservation actions. The data collected during the original workshops, using the old process, has been re-evaluated using the newer process – no new data has been collected for the re-evaluation.

Note that the sum of the columns is greater than the “All species” column, because species may require more than one conservation action. Definitions of each conservation role are provided below the results table.

Click on the number of species for each workshop to view the recommendations for each conservation action.

Country/
region

Date Ark Rescue

In situ
conserv-
ation

In situ
research

Ex situ
research
Mass
production
Conserv-
ation
education
Bio-
banking
None Conserv-
ation
research
All
species
Argentina Oct 10   6 18 40 20   34   86   154
Brazil Aug 09   14 24 204 19   136   542   866
Cambodia Feb 12     22 21 1   30   18   65
Chile Nov 09   9 24 26 17 1 21   4   58
Colombia
(new process)
Oct 07   25 43 38 14   16 25 148   209
Colombia
(old process)
Oct 07   13         13     54 209
Costa Rica
(new process)
Nov 07   28 68 53 9   25 28     88
Costa Rica
(old process)
Nov 07 19 11       11 1     27 88
Cuba Mar 11   3 45 9 41   34 3 1   62
Dominican
Republic
Mar 11   4 29 8 17   20 4 2   45
Ecuador May 12   55 202 310 28   65 55 154   532
Europe
(new process)
Oct 07   11 95 20 9   20 11 3   109
Europe
(old process)
Oct 07   8 3     1 17     9 109
Guatemala Feb 10   34 42 58 12   12   37   142
Haiti Mar 11   10 41 17 20   20 10 2   56

Country/
region

Date Ark Rescue

In situ
conserv-
ation

In situ
research

Ex situ
research
Mass
production
Conserv-
ation
education
Bio-
banking
None Conserv-
ation
research
All
species
Hong Kong and
Guangdong
provinces
(new process)
May 08   29 30 35 1   15 29 25   66
Hong Kong and
Guangdong
provinces
(old process)
May 08   2         22     14 66
Indonesia Aug 09       6 6 1 86   145   381
Jamaica Mar 11   1 4 10 6   6 1 8   25
Japan Jan 11     62 1 13   60       62
Laos Mar 12     35 47 2   45   23   110
Lesser Antilles Mar 11   1 4   2   5 1      
Madagascar
(new process)
Feb 07   19 221 73 1   13 19 15   242
Madagascar
(old process)
Feb 07   10 21       9     38 242
Malaysia
(new process)
Jan 08   98 98 152 1   24 98 49   211
Malaysia
(old process)
Jan 08   9         18       211
Mexico
(new process)
Oct 07   78 123 187 3   15 78 127   364
Mexico
(old process)
Oct 07   127 5 60             364

Country/
region

Date Ark Rescue

In situ
conserv-
ation

In situ
research

Ex situ
research
Mass
production
Conserv-
ation
education
Bio-
banking
None Conserv-
ation
research
All
species
North America Mar 12 1 6 58 59 43   89 7 125   285
North America
(old process)
Aug 07 4 24 32 23     2       382
Panama
(new process)
Aug 08   51 59 116 10   30 51 72   204
Panama
(old process)
Aug 08 21 32         3       204
Peru
(new process)
Aug 08   28 55 149 2   17 28 233   412
Peru
(old process)
Aug 08   9   49   2 1       412
Puerto Rico Mar 11   7 6 1 8   22 7 3   25
Singapore Nov 11   1 8 7 2   12 1 14   30
Southern Africa
(new process)
May 08   9 16 58 7   29 9 145   231
Southern Africa
(old process)
May 08   4   20     15       231
Sri Lanka Nov 09   10 22 8 33   27   52   107
Thailand
(new process)
May 08   6 6 28 3   27 6 100   147
Thailand
(old process)
May 08   1 96 21   1 27       147
Venezuela
(new process)
May 08   16 21 104 2   8 16 188   69
Venezuela
(old process)
May 08   8   32   1 1       69
Vietnam Mar 12     80 105 5   73   21   176

Country/
region

Date Ark Rescue

In situ
conserv-
ation

In situ
research

Ex situ
research
Mass
production
Conserv-
ation
education
Bio-
banking
None Conserv-
ation
research
All
species

 

Definitions of AArk conservation roles

  • Ark – Species that are extinct in the wild (locally or globally) and which would become completely extinct without ex situ management.
  • Rescue – Species that are in imminent danger of extinction (locally or globally) and need ex situ management, as part of an integrated program, to ensure its survival.
  • In Situ Conservation – Species for which mitigation of threats in the wild may still bring about their successful conservation.
  • In Situ Research – Species that for one or more reasons need further in situ research to be carried out as part of the conservation action for the species. One or more critical pieces of information is not known at this time.
  • Ex Situ Research – Species undergoing specific applied research that directly contributes to the conservation of the species, or a related species, in the wild (this includes clearly defined ‘model’ or ‘surrogate’ species).
  • Supplementation – Species for which ex situ management benefits the wild population through breeding for release as part of the recommended conservation action.
  • Mass Production in Captivity – Species threatened through wild collection (e.g. as a food resource), which could be or is currently being bred in captivity – normally in-country, ex situ – to replace a demand for specimens collected from the wild. This category generally excludes the captive-breeding of pet and hobbyist species, except in exceptional circumstances where coordinated, managed breeding programs can demonstrably reduce wild collection of a threatened species.
  • Conservation Education – Species that are specifically selected for management – primarily in zoos and aquariums – to inspire and increase knowledge in visitors, to promote positive behavioral change. For example, when a species is used to raise financial or other support for field conservation projects (this would include clearly defined ‘flagship’ or ‘ambassador’ species).
  • Biobanking – Species for which the long-term storage of sperm or cells to perpetuate their genetic variation is urgently recommended, due to the serious threat of extinction of the species.
  • None – Species that do not need any conservation action at this time. This list may also contain species that were not evaluated during the workshop due to lack of data being available.
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