Rescue Species

Since 2007, Amphibian Ark staff have facilitated assessment of the conservation needs of 3,375 (46%) of the world’s amphibian species through 26 national or regional workshops. The results of previous assessment workshops are available on AArk’s data portal and additional workshops are planned for other countries and regions over the coming months.

The benefits of this assessment process are clear – we assemble the leading amphibian field experts in each region, to collectively determine the best course of conservation actions to help prevent the extinctions of threatened amphibian species in nature. These actions include habitat restoration and preservation, threat mitigation, captive breeding for release and community awareness and involvement.

Without immediate captive management as a stopgap component of an integrated conservation effort, hundreds of species could become extinct. Because the resources available to zoos and aquariums are limited, the Amphibian Ark must try to identify which species require captive rescue and management most urgently. The following species have been assessed in national or regional workshops as being in need of urgent rescue – these are species that still exist in the wild, but the threats being faced by them cannot or will not be reversed in time to prevent likely species extinction. Threats that constitute imminent danger of extinction include threats for which we currently have no remedy (e.g. chytrid fungus, including any species known or suspected to be susceptible, climate change, including any species documented to be drastically contracting its range, e.g., mountaintop salamanders in Central America (per Wake et al.) and mountaintop frogs in Madagascar (per Raxworthy et al.)) or threats for which we have a remedy but not the resources or will to intervene (e.g. imminent destruction of more than 50% of habitat by dam construction, mining/pollution etc., or species collected to brink of extinction).

Zoos, aquariums and other captive breeding organizations that are considering the implementation of new amphibian conservation programs are strongly encouraged to consider the following species. Information regarding the likely availability of founder animals and the completion of a relevant phylogenetic study is included where known. Such additional information may indicate which species are currently appropriate for captive rescue programs, and those which may benefit from additional research in the wild prior to a captive program being established. Species expected to have wild founders available and which have undergone a phylogenetic review should perhaps be considered ahead of others where information is incomplete. Programs should be established within the range country of the species wherever possible.

Country/region

Date Rescue species   Country/region Date Rescue species
Argentina Oct 10 6 species   Madagascar
(new process)
Feb 07 19 species
Bolivia Jul 14 29 species   Madagascar
(old process)
Feb 07 10 species
Brazil Aug 09 14 species   Malaysia
(new process)
Jan 08 98 species
Cambodia Feb 12

-

  Malaysia
(old process)
Jan 08 9 species
Chile Nov 09 9 species   Mexico
(new process)
Oct 07 78 species
Colombia
(new process)
Oct 07 25 species   Mexico
(old process)
Oct 07 127 species
Colombia
(old process)
Oct 07 13 species   North America Mar 12 6 species
Costa Rica
(new process)
Nov 07 28 species   North America
(old process)
Aug 07 24 species
Costa Rica
(old process)
Nov 07 11 species   Panama
(new process)
Aug 08 51 species
Cuba Mar 11 3 species   Panama
(old process)
Aug 08 32 species
Dominican Republic Mar 11 4 species   Peru
(new process)
Aug 08 28 species
Ecuador May 12 55 species   Peru
(old process)
Aug 08 9 species
Europe
(new process)
Oct 07 11 species   Philippines Jul 14 2 species
Europe
(old process)
Oct 07 8 species   Puerto Rico Mar 11 7 species
Guatemala Feb 10 34 species   Singapore Nov 11 1 species
Haiti Mar 11 10 species   Southern Africa
(new process)
May 08 9 species

Country/region

Date Rescue   Country/region Date Rescue species
Hong Kong and
Guangdong provinces
(new process)
May 08 29 species   Southern Africa
(old process)
May 08 4 species
Hong Kong and
Guangdong provinces
(old process)
May 08 2 species   Sri Lanka Nov 09 10 species
Indonesia Aug 09 -   Thailand
(new process)
May 08 6 species
Jamaica Mar 11 1 species   Thailand
(old process)
May 08 1 species
Japan Jan 11 -   Venezuela
(new process)
May 08 16 species
Laos Mar 12 -   Venezuela
(old process)
May 08 8 species
Lesser Antilles Mar 11 1 species   Vietnam Mar 12  
LinkedInEmailShare/Bookmark
Print Friendly
 
 

Send a message to webmaster@amphibianark.org with questions or comments about the web site.
Copyright © 2014 amphibianark.org