30 November 2009


The world’s amphibians are disappearing.  More than one hundred species may have already gone extinct and thousands more are threatened with extinction.  Many of the threatened species cannot be safeguarded in the wild and require ex situ management if they are to persist.  The Amphibian Ark (AArk) draws together diverse stakeholders to save select species until in situ threats can be mitigated.  AArk work includes species conservation needs assessment, husbandry training, capacity building, fostering partnerships, fundraising, and education.

The AArk is a joint effort of three principal partners: the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG), and the IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG). We were formed in 2005 to address the ex situ components of the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP). 
Our vision is The world’s amphibians safe in nature, and our mission is Ensuring the global survival of amphibians, focusing on those that cannot currently be safeguarded in nature.

We help to coordinate ex situ programs implemented by partners around the world, with the first emphasis on programs within the range countries of the species, and with a constant attention to our obligation to couple ex situ conservation measures with necessary efforts to protect or restore species in their natural habitats.

More information about the Amphibian Ark is available on our web site, and we also encourage you to subscribe to our free quarterly electronic newsletter.

Kevin Johnson
Amphibian Ark Communications and Development Officer

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