·  Editorial

·  Who We Are

·  Species Prioritization Workshops

·  Training & Other Capacity Building

·  Global Campaign Manager for the 2008 Year of the Frog

·  2008 Year of the Frog Calendars are Available!

·  Global Info Pack in Different Languages

·  Job Opportunities

·  Coming Meetings & Workshops

·  Acknowledgements

·  Credits


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The AArk Team

Kevin Zippel
Program Director

Kevin Johnson
Taxon Officer

Richard Gibson
Taxon Officer

Lissette Pavajeau
Communications & Development Officer

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Newsletter No.2. December 2007 - February 2008


Your copy of Amphibian Ark News has arrived! Please have a look.

The Amphibian Ark


by Jeff Bonner - Chair of the Amphibian Ark Executive Committee

The launch of the Year of the Frog, at the WAZA annual meeting in Budapest, was an enormous success! The highlight of the conference was a series of workshops focusing on the reasons for the dramatic decline in amphibian life, the response by the conservation community and, finally, the nature of the AArk Year of the Frog campaign.  This is, of course, the first truly global campaign in the history of the zoo and aquarium community. 

Who We Are

Amphibian Ark was created in 2006 by the IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG), the IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to develop, support and promote ex situ activities that lead to the conservation and survival of amphibians. The Amphibian Ark's vision is: World's amphibians safe in nature and its mission: Working in partnerships to ensure the global survival of amphibians – focusing on those that can't be safeguarded in nature. For more information about our organization please visit our web site at


Species Prioritization Workshops
by AArk Taxon Officers Richard Gibson and Kevin Johnson

Species Prioritization workshops have been very successful during the last four months. AArk officers have been developing prioritization workshops in 10 countries around the world with the greatest numbers of threatened species...

Training & Other Capacity Building  
by Richard Gibson, Kevin Johnson & Kevin Zippel,Spotted%20Tree%20Frog,Being%20measured,Michael%20McFaddenlowres.jpg

Three training courses on Amphibian Biology & Management were organized by Amphibian Ark’s staff and partner organizations during August - November 2007...

Global Campaign Manager for the 2008 Year of the Frog


Dr. Lesley Dickie was appointed Global Campaign Manager for the 2008 Year of the Frog Campaign. Lesley works at the Zoological Society of London, however, 50% of her time has been drafted to the Amphibian Ark to help during the campaign...

2008 Year of the Frog Calendars are Available!

Buy your calendar today! These will be 8.5" x 11" wall calendars featuring amazing photographs of amphibian species from around the world and will include amphibian conservation messages that are educational and informative. For a preview of the calendar and PayPal payments go to $15 each plus $4.50 shipping and handling (within the U.S)...

Sign Up to Make One Giant Leap for Frogs!
by Lesley Dickie

A New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day event to maximize public, media and corporate awareness of the 2008 Year of the Frog and that links zoos, countries and continents is envisaged: The Leapfrog, a child’s game, has a high recognition factor in a substantial number of countries; if however it is unknown its simplicity makes it easily transferable...

Global Info Pack in Different Languages

The YOTF Global Info Pack is now available in several languages: English, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. For download go to: or There you will also find regional InfoPacks, key messages, media kits, logos, media releases, etc. The 2008 Year of the Frog web page is constantly updated and you will find more and more material for your campaign along the year 2008.

News from the Amphibian Ark Website
by Lissette Pavajeau

Amphibian Ark's website is currently available in English, German  and very soon in Spanish. Go to and click on the flag of the language of your preference. During the 2008 Year of the Frog Campaign the website will have a "News from the Zoos" area – this will be a site where you can post information from your region, what activities you are undertaking, highlights of your regional campaigns, including forthcoming events that you would like to publicize. We could also enable this to link to your regional websites, for more information contact Lesley Dickie at

Job Opportunities

Amphibian Ark is looking for a Training Officer.

Coming Meetings & Workshops

The following meetings are taking place from December to April:


The work of AArk is possible due to the generous support of:


Photo used for the newsletter banner: Litoria infrafrenata, White-lipped Tree Frog, by Shirley Stanford.

Photos used in this newsletter in order: Pyxicephalus adspersus African Bullfrog by Richard Gibson, African bullfrog and a boy by Phil Bishop, Bombina orientalis Oriental Fire-bellied Toad by Gerry Marantelli, Litoria splendida Magnificent Tree Frog by Kevin Johnson, Litoria spenceri Spotted Tree Frog Being measured by Michael McFadden

This Newsletter was edited by Lissette Pavajeau with the help of Kevin Johnson, Richard Gibson and Kevin Zippel (November 2007)

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