By Jordi Janssen & Tariq Stark
It has been more than a month ago since the publication of the article describing the discovery of a novel and lethal fungal pathogen (Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans) wreaking havoc in Fire Salamanders (Salamandra salamandra terrestris) in the Netherlands (Martel et al., 2013). In a few years time a small but otherwise healthy population of fire salamanders has been reduced to 4% of its original population size. Some of the remaining individuals have been transferred and are currently being kept in captivity to create an assurance colony. But know there is some good news, for the captive individuals at least!
The adult captives have reproduced! A total of 120 juveniles are boosting the captive population numbers! Forty of these little salamanders will be housed in DoeZoo for which we are very grateful! The arrivals are fantastic but it also means that there more hungry mouths to feed. Additional funds for research on the new fungus is also very much needed! This is where YOU can help out!
You can make a small donation via SOS Vuursalamander or via the Wandering Herpetologist. By making a donation you can contribute in ensuring the Dutch fire salamander population in captivity, salamander conservation in general and studies conducted on the new fungus. Thank you very much!