Amphibian Ark

Building an Ark for the world, one species at a time

aark-logo-web-banner-300x77The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project is an ‘amphibian ark’ in the truest sense of the term. It was formed in part due to calls by the organization Amphibian Ark which mobilizes support for ex-situ conservation of species that cannot be protected in nature.

The Amphibian Ark is an umbrella organization for many similar projects around the world. And was formed as a joint effort of 3 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). AArk works in partnerships to ensure the global survival of amphibians – focusing on those that cannot be safeguarded in nature.

inside rescue pod

Inside the walls of an amphibian rescue pod donated by Maersk. This is likely to house the very last individuals of some species in the next 10 years as they go extinct in the wild.

Aark has been instrumental in supporting the conceptualization and development of this project as well as prioritizing species based on their risk of extinction. There are around 30 species from eastern Panama that have been identified by Amphibian Ark as rescue priorities. Aark will continue to play a supporting role in training staff and strengthening our overall capacity to do ex-situ conservation, and safeguard many amphibian species for future generations.

While Amphibian Ark is the larger global organization coordinating these activities, our Amphibian Rescue Pods in Panama function as an Ark in the literal sense of the word.

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