Many amphibian populations have been decimated in the wild and many others are severely fragmented, meaning that colonizing suitable habitat is almost impossible. Translocation is one of the tools in the conservation toolbox, and often requires the help of captive breeding programs as a source of animals. It has become more relevant to amphibians due to the continued population declines for many species. However, we still need to better understand the different factors that affect the success of amphibian reintroduction programs.
Reintroduction in conjunction with threat mitigation and habitat protection should be one of the major goals of almost any comprehensive amphibian conservation program. To be successful, program managers should properly plan reintroduction programs. The IUCN has produced Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations, and the Reintroduction Working Group of the Amphibian Survival Alliance has drafted specific guidelines for amphibians.
In late 2019, the Amphibian Ark hosted an online translocation symposium, which was divided into themes, with each of the themes being covered over three days each week, during two-hour presentations. Experienced program managers with previous experience in amphibian reintroductions, amphibian disease risk assessment, habitat management and restoration, threat management, and post-release monitoring shared their successes and failures. Other speakers included small-population managers, amphibian conservationists and general reintroduction specialists.
Learning from each other’s successes and failures allows amphibian conservation program managers to gather new and unpublished information and project experiences that could be helpful to better design their reintroduction protocols; avoid unsuccessful practices or strategies; and connect with amphibian management experts and other program managers from different regions of the world.
The following presentations were delivered over the course of the symposium. Click on each video image to view the presentation. The complete set of videos is also available as a playlist on YouTube.