This short webinar series, developed by the Amphibian Ark, provides an interactive, online forum where managers of ex situ amphibian programs can discuss some of the main challenges program managers and keepers might have as they strive to reach their conservation goals. The content of the webinars follows the key steps in establishing and maintaining a successful ex situ amphibian conservation program. Each session runs for 60 minutes.
The first step is to be successful in obtaining founder animals and maintaining them in optimal conditions. There are different sampling techniques that help us to find founder animals, in the case where a source of captive individuals from other institutions is not available. An overview of the logistics for doing remote fieldwork where many priority species occur will be presented during one of the webinars.
Water quality, lighting and nutrition are some of the important husbandry aspects that program managers need to be very aware of if the program is to be successful. Biosecurity is also very important, especially for animals which will eventually be reintroduced into the wild. These topics will be covered during the husbandry webinars.
One of the exit strategies of any amphibian ex situ conservation program is reintroduction of the offspring to the wild. One of the post-release monitoring techniques is radio-telemetry, and a presentation during the webinar series will discuss this activity.
The following presentations were delivered over the course of the series. Click on each video image to view the presentation. The complete set of videos is also available as a playlist on YouTube.