Amphibian Conservation Fund: Call for proposals 2017

Prompted by the alarming global decline of amphibian species, zoo associations, zoos and private participants in the German-speaking region engaged actively in the conservation of this highly endangered group of animal species. The amphibian conservation program consists of a suite of measures that include amphibian conservation and research projects, conservation breeding, capacity building, specialized staff [...]

One-toe, Two-toed, Three-toed: The Amphiumas

Photo © Brian Gratwicke I’ve long fostered a love affair with the Floridian wetlands. How the cool, damp foliage surrenders under the weight of a heavy hiking boot. The way invertebrates hum and buzz and strum, chorusing in all their vivaciousness under the moonglow of a still night. Green tree frogs, male, eager to spread [...]

Meet Elyssa Scheck: ASA Communications Intern

In March, the Amphibian Survival Alliance welcomed Elyssa Scheck to our team as communications intern. Elyssa completed her MSc at the University of Bristol in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation, and has since gained valuable experience at the National Audubon Society working as a School Yard Habitat Education Specialist, and as an Environmental Education Intern. [...]

The call for 2017 EDGE Fellowship applications is NOW OPEN

One of the most effective ways ZSL’s EDGE of Existence programme (www.edgeofexistence.org) is working to secure the future of EDGE species is by awarding two-year Fellowships to future conservation leaders “EDGE Fellows” working on poorly-known EDGE bird, mammal, amphibian, reptile or coral species. EDGE Fellows follow a comprehensive two-year training programme comprising of:  A [...]

Not without my poison frog

How Colombian Indians took the Terrible Poison Frog as ammunition to new shores It is regarded as the most poisonous vertebrate on Earth: Phyllobates terribilis, the Terrible Poison Frog. Its home lies in the rain-rich forests on the Pacific coast of Colombia, and its name was adopted for an entire frog family: the poison frogs. [...]

Amphibian Ark Seed Grant for Amphibian Conservation

Amphibian Ark is pleased to announce the ninth annual call for proposals for its Seed Grant program! This $5,000 competitive grant is designed to fund small start-up rescue projects for species that cannot currently be saved in the wild. Successful proposals will reflect AArk values - please pay careful attention to the grant guidelines for [...]

Herpetology Field Course: Cocobolo Biological Field Station, Panama (June 1-7, 2017)

CREA, an ASA Partner, is happy to announce a one week field course in herpetology at our Cocobolo Biological Field Station in Panama from 1st June to 6th June 2017. Amphibians and reptiles are suffering unprecedented rates of extinction and yet they are the least studied groups of vertebrates. CREA, the non-profit organization that manages Cocobolo Nature [...]

How did the newt cross the road?

Adult male great crested newt in migration in November found near the study tunnels. © Froglife. Researchers from Froglife (an Amphibian Survival Alliance Partner), The University of Hull and The Open University are discovering how endangered amphibians use man-made tunnels to cross roads. Their work, published in the open access journal PeerJ is the first [...]

Newly discovered frog species named after GWC’s/ASA’s Robin Moore

The 12.2 mm long Robinmoore’s Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus robinmoorei) sitting on the Indian five-rupee coin (24 mm diameter) is one of the new species discovered from the Western Ghats mountain ranges in Peninsular India. Photo © SD Biju. There's no doubt about it: Even though Robin Moore's recent namesake is teeny tiny, it represents a [...]

Love at First Squeak

Scientists re-discover tiny lost frog species in Zimbabwe For herpetologist and self-proclaimed “frog guy” Francois Becker, laying eyes on a frog lost to science for five decades was a moment of pure joy, not so unlike the jolt of adrenaline that comes with being hit by Cupid’s arrow. “Of the big moments in my life, [...]