Supporters of Amphibian Conservation,

As is widely known in the herpetological community, the assessment of the conservation status of every known amphibian species for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species was first completed in 2004. The results of this “Global Amphibian Assessment” (GAA) were critical in stimulating global interest in amphibian conservation, especially in parts of the world where no such activities had previously taken place.

In this context, the year 2014 is very important for three reasons: it marks not only the 50th anniversary of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and the tenth anniversary of the publication of the GAA, but it is also the official expiry date of assessments published in 2004. Because these assessments will soon be out-of-date, the ongoing effort to reassess them needs to be accelerated. In addition, the task of completing first-time assessments for the many newly described species, a number increasing at an average rate of one species every two days, must also be undertaken.

 

The IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority carries out assessments for an average of USD 75 per species, which cost can be paid through the new online donation form below. The Amphibian Survival Alliance has set up a special account to receive all such donations and has generously committed to charge no overhead.

Therefore, I am personally committing to fund 25 species assessments, and I encourage all those who care about the survival of amphibians around the world to voluntarily join me in such giving, according to your means, to this very worthy undertaking. I also wish to take this opportunity to thank those colleagues who already give so much time and knowledge to the amphibian assessment process.

George B. RabbHonorary Member

— George B. Rabb, President Emeritus, Chicago Zoological Society; Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, 1989-1996;  founder, Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force of SSC, 1990; President, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 1978.