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  What is the Amphibian Ark?

Almost half of the world’s 7,000+ amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Addressing the amphibian extinction crisis represents the greatest species conservation challenge in the history of humanity.

The global conservation community has formulated a response to this challenge in the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan, and an integral part of that response is the Amphibian Ark (AArk), in which select species that would otherwise go extinct will be maintained in captivity until they can be secured in the wild.
The AArk is a joint effort of three principal partners: the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the IUCN SSC Captive Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG), and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG). AArk was formed in 2006 and is a partner in the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA).

Amphibian Ark’s vision is the world’s amphibians safe in nature, and its mission is ensuring the survival and diversity of amphibian species focusing on those that cannot currently be safe-guarded in their natural environments.

A number of dedicated AArk positions coordinate all aspects of implementation within the AArk initiative; assist AArk partners in evaluating the conservation needs for amphibian species and regions for conservation work; lead development and implementation of training programs for building capacity of individuals and institutions; and develop communications strategies, newsletters and other messages, and materials to promote understanding and action on behalf of amphibian conservation.

Contact details for AArk staff can be found on the Contact Us page on the AArk web site.

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