The national action plan for the conservation of amphibians in Madagascar is officially launched

The New Sahonagasy Action Plan 2016-2020 (NSAP; see here) for the conservation of the amphibians of Madagascar was officially launched on 7th November 2016 in the capital Antananarivo. Attended by a range of national and international partners and national media, the NSAP lays down an important framework for addressing the various conservation issues facing the [...]

Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation: Call for Abstracts

Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC) are now accepting presentation and poster abstracts for the 2017 SEPARC Annual Meeting to be held at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center Little Rock, Arkansas from February 16-19 2017. The meeting’s theme is “Aligning Conservation Goals” Topics can include conservation efforts, land management, species status reports, legislative or regulatory [...]

Newly declared critical habitat in Palawan secures promising future for irreplaceable forests and wildlife species

Local and national governments of the Philippines commit to country’s largest critical habitat designation One of the world’s most critical and irreplaceable areas for unique and threatened wildlife—in addition to the home to the last 200 – 300 members of the indigenous Batak tribe—has received the largest critical habitat designation in the Philippines. The newly [...]

Poisonous amphibian defenses are linked to higher extinction risk

Research published by a Swansea University scientist has found amphibians which have a toxic defence against predators - such as the iconic poison dart frogs - have a much higher risk of extinction than species which use other types of defence mechanisms. The key finding of Dr Kevin Arbuckle's latest study, published today (Wednesday, November [...]

Hope in the Face of 10,000 Deaths

Top photo: The Titicaca Water Frog is the world's largest aquatic frog. Their billows of skin help them breathe underwater. Photo © Arturo Muñoz Help save the Titicaca Water Frog: Make a donation to Amphibian Ark’s GoFundMe page When amphibian conservation biologist Arturo Muñoz describes the 2015 die-offs of the Titicaca Water Frog (Telmatobius culeus) on the Bolivian [...]

Reporting sick or dying amphibians or reptiles

The PARC Disease Task Team has created a system for people in the U.S. and Canada to report an incident of sick, dying, or multiple dead amphibians or reptiles. Simply send an email to: herp_disease_alert@parcplace.org IMPORTANT: Include in your email: Your name and e-mail address (for any follow-up questions) What you saw Where it was [...]

Species of the Week: Southern Mountain Yellow-legged Frog

Major habitat restoration moves ahead for two endangered montane frogs in California. After years of review and planning, the National Park Service (USA) is officially moving forward with major plans to restore high elevation aquatic ecosystems in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the Sierra Nevada of California. These actions will help recover two endangered [...]

HudsonAlpha GSC researchers complete new clawed frog genome

Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, in collaboration with a group of scientists affiliated with 46 institutions around the world, have sequenced an African clawed frog genome and used it to better understand the evolutionary history of the clawed frog. Their research was published today in Nature. “The most exciting finding in our analysis [...]

Call: Symposium proposals for the XI Latin American Congress of Herpetology

The organizing committee of the XI Latin American Congress of Herpetology has opened the call for symposia to be presented during the meeting from July 24-28, 2017 in the city of Quito, Ecuador. This call will remain open until December 1st, 2016. The proposal must be submitted by the symposium's coordinator and must include the symposium's [...]

Species of the Week: Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frog

Nearly all of the reports on global patterns of amphibian extinction and decline have been bad news, with hundreds of species lost and thousands in jeopardy. A new report in PNAS (Knapp et al 2016) shows a regional pattern of recovery across hundreds of populations in Yosemite National Park for a charismatic species, the Sierra [...]