The small, mountainous island of Montserrat is home to the mountain chicken frog, the island's largest terrestrial predator.

When the deadly fungal disease chytridiomycosis, or chytrid, appeared on Montserrat in the Caribbean in 2009, it threatened the future of all amphibians on the island. The mountain chicken frog was already at risk after a volcanic eruption caused devastating habitat loss in 1999, and when chytrid spread across the island, 99% of the population was lost.

We coordinate the Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme in Monserrat, working to save this frog from extinction through captive breeding, release, and intensive management of their health and habitat.

Mountain chicken frog sits under a rocky ledge


wild population lost


Durrell's work starts


first captive bred frogs released

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What we're doing to help in Montserrat

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Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme

Find out more about the Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme, coordinated by Durrell and in partnership with Montserrat’s Department of Environment, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Chester Zoo, Nordens Ark, and Dominica’s Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division.

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Saving Amphibians From Extinction (SAFE)

Amphibians are by far the most threatened group of vertebrate species. The SAFE programme integrates our zoo, training, field and science departments to deliver a series of integrated species recovery projects, alongside providing support to optimise the effectiveness of regionally-based conservation partners in Madagascar, Tropical Andes, Caribbean and, in the future, Brazil and Sri Lanka 

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