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 are now threatened with extinction – R. rufum has not been reported since 1980 and R. darwinii survives in small and fragmented populations.
Participation in the symposium is free of charge, although registration is required (see http://noticias.unab.cl/ciencias-tecnologia/abren-inscripciones-simposio-internacional-construyendo-una-estrategia-conservacion-caso-la-ranita-darwin/ for further details). A roster of over 15 local and international experts on Rhinoderma and amphibian conservation will be presenting at this event.
The symposium is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Chile, IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), the NGO Ranita de Darwin, Fundación Huilo Huilo, Zoological Society of London, Leipzig Zoo, Fundación MERI, Amphibian Ark, Zoológico Nacional de Chile, Nahuelbuta Natural, Universidad de Concepción and other institutions.