Call for proposals: Amphibian Ark Seed Grants

Amphibian Ark is pleased to announce a call for proposals for a second round of Seed Grants in 2017. This competitive $5,000 grant is intended to fund start-up ex situ rescue projects for amphibian species that cannot currently be saved in the wild. Successful proposals will reflect AArk values; please pay careful attention to the [...]

Apply now for the Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE)

Wildlife artist John Banovich and outdoor equipment retailers Cabelas/Bass Pro have created a new Award for Conservation Excellence "to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by the world’s leading conservationists and to become the most significant award in the conservation arena." It will be awarded for the first time in Feb. 2018, with a first [...]

Andean Toad thought to be extinct, rediscovered in the Andes of Ecuador

Ecuadorian and British scientists have rediscovered one of the rarest amphibians of Ecuador, thought to have gone extinct more than three decades ago, the Carchi Andean Toad (Rhaebo colomai). The Carchi Andean Toad inhabits a small region in the border area between Ecuador and Colombia. The last time a specimen was observed in Ecuador was [...]

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 [...]