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
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,
now Conservation Planning Specialist Group, CPSG),
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.