George Rabb: Founder and “Spiritual” Leader of the Amphibian Conservation Movement

I first met George Rabb at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in October 1985 when I was interviewed by an intimidating panel of four men and one woman for the position of Species Programme Officer at IUCN headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. George was on the panel – I don’t remember much of the interview, except that [...]

Carrying on the Legacy of Amphibian Conservation Pioneer George Rabb

The amphibian conservation community is deeply saddened by the loss one of its greatest and most supportive pioneers. Dr. George Rabb, with his focus on amphibians, stands equal in our conservation world among other ‘giants’ such as Jane Goodall and David Attenborough. George felt very honoured to have an amazing species of frog named after [...]

Remembering George B. Rabb (1930-2017)

Amphibian conservationist George Rabb (second from the right) with part of the ASA/ASG team. Dear friends, Heartbroken. This is how members of the global amphibian conservation community, including the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) and IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), have been since  learning that our dear mentor and supporter George Rabb has died this past Thursday, [...]

International Symposium “Building a conservation strategy: the case of Darwin’s frog”

A symposium is planned for 8 September 2017 at Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile, to kick-start the process leading up to the development of a conservation strategy for Darwin's frogs. Endemic to southern South America, there are two species of mouth-brooding Darwin's frogs: Rhinoderma darwinii and R. rufum. Both have experienced abrupt declines and [...]

AZE (Alliance for Zero Extinction): consultation on updated data set

The Alliance for Zero Extinction ( is a global initiative of biodiversity conservation organisations aiming to prevent extinctions by identifying and safeguarding key sites where species are in imminent danger of disappearing. Sites qualifying for AZE status must meet all three of these criteria: Endangerment:An AZE site must contain at least one globally Endangered (EN) [...]

Opportunity: Endangered Species Conservation Specialist, Peru

Before You Apply: Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience Project Description A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as an Endangered Species Conservation Specialist at the Junín National Reserve-National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP), in Junín, Junín, Peru. The [...]

World of Hope

Dear ASA friends, partners, and environmental conservation advocates around the world, We know at times it can feel as if our efforts to protect our planet are inconsequential and overlooked. We know that this can feel isolating. We at ASA would like everyone within our community to know that we are not alone in our [...]

Updated checklist of Indian amphibians launched

A comprehensive updated Checklist of Indian Amphibians has been updated and launched on 'International Biodiversity Day 2017' on 22nd May 2017 on the Mhadei Research Center website In 2009, Dinesh et al., brought out an annotated checklist of amphibians of India listing 284 species with their synonyms, information on their type locality, type specimen [...]

Denver Zoo hatches first Lake Titicaca frog tadpoles in North American history

Denver Zoo is thrilled to announce it hatched the first batch of Lake Titicaca frog tadpoles in North American history on February 14. The roughly 200 tadpoles are the offspring of two of the 20 frogs that arrived from the Huachipa Zoo, in Lima, Peru, in November 2015. Currently, Denver Zoo is the only institution [...]

The Amphibian Survival Alliance’s “Frogress Report” (April 2017)

Welcome to the next edition of The Frogress Report, the bi-monthly newsletter for Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) Partners. This newsletter brings together updates from across the ASA to continue to develop a strong alliance, and to celebrate the incredible achievements being made regularly across the partnership. In addition, The Frogress Report enables the regular exchange of important [...]