Scientists have been documenting and discussing global amphibian declines for several decades now. However, it was not until publication of a Global Amphibian Assessment in 2004 that we understood... More > the gravity of the situation. Approximately 160 species are believed to have gone extinct in recent times. Almost one third of the remaining species are threatened with extinction, and one quarter of the species are so poorly known that they are listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Data Deficient.
The Amphibian Ark is an umbrella organization under which ex situ amphibian conservation organizations from around the world aim to improve and expand their efforts to safeguard species in need. AArk partners work together with their in situ partners to assist mitigating threats and securing species in the wild. Ideally, these ex situ programs should only be temporary measures with species headed back to nature as soon as possible.
This report outlines the first five years of the AArk's activities.< Less
AArk’s $5,000 competitive seed grants are designed to fund small start-up rescue projects for species that cannot currently be saved in the wild. Since 2009, thirteen seed grants totaling... More > $55,447 have been awarded to recipients in eleven countries.< Less