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 [...]

ANIMA MUNDI – Adventures in Wildlife Photography, Issue 25 now available

A very good day to all our regular readers and followers - and a warm welcome to all our new subscribers! As usual, we are chiming in to let you know that Issue 24, October 2016, of our free online magazine ANIMA MUNDI - Adventures in Wildlife Photography is now out and ready for downloading [...]

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 [...]

Species of the Week: Heroic minute salamanders

Minute salamanders (Plethodontidae: Thorius) were once very common in montane habitats bordering the eastern and southern margins of the Mexican Plateau, where they have experienced an adaptive radiation in miniature. Molecular data have proven to be essential for sorting specimens into species, which are then discerned to differ in morphology, ecology, elevational distribution, etc. Species [...]

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 [...]

Now available: Pictorial guide to frogs and toads of the Western Ghats

A pictorial guide to frogs and toads of the Western Ghats of India was published in 2012 by Gubbi Labs with generous funding from Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) to Gururaja KV. The guide illustrates 73 species of over 200 species (nearly a third) of anurans in the Western Ghats. [...]

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 [...]