July 25, 2018
Madagascar is a priority location for Durrell's SAFE Programme and one of our main current work areas is with the Project Building a Future for the Amphibians of Madagascar, funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. It is led in-country by Tsanta Rakotonanahary and Serge Ndriantsoa and in April 2018 they facilitate and participated in an international chytrid research project
May 31, 2018
So far, year 2018 marks a year of significant advances in our understanding of the chytrid fungus, or Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis - a deadly pathogen that has likely caused the decline or extinction of over 200 species of amphibians worldwide.
March 1, 2018
As an intern with the SAFE programmes, I recently participated in my first official ‘work outing’ - the British and Irish Association for Zoos and Aquaria’s “Stepping up to conservation” conference at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster this January. My manager and I both went to make the case for amphibian conservation.
January 31, 2018
Do you, like me, struggle to make your friends and family aware of the wonders of the amphibian world? Or are you perhaps not convinced yourself? Just in time for the end of dry January, we provide you with a full set of amphibian related questions to fit into your next pub quiz. Entertainment guaranteed.
March 1, 2017
Over the last year Durrell have been working with local partners in the Dominican Republic, Grupo Jaragua and the National Museum of Natural History, to increase our knowledge of some of the countries threatened amphibian fauna. Here's an overview of what's been happening.
December 20, 2016
The development of the new national action plan for the conservation of amphibians in Madagascar was due in a large part to the efforts of Durrell staff. Last month saw the New Sahonagasy Action Plan 2016-2020 officially launched in Antananarivo, an important step in its adoption.
September 28, 2016
Every four years people from across the world come together to share a common passion and celebrate achievement and advancement … no not the Olympics but the World Congress of Herpetology! Durrell's Amphibian Programme Manager Jeff Dawson was there and gives his update on how it went
July 9, 2016
Habitat loss, invasive species, climate change, pollution and other human influences are decimating amphibian species at unprecedented rates. To combat this the alarming decline of amphibians, Durrell has launched the Saving Amphibians from Extinction (SAFE) programme.
November 28, 2014
Earlier this week over 60 scientists, researchers and officials from 12 countries attended a three day workshop to develop a new Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar - ACSAM2 at Centre ValBio (CVB) just outside Ranomafana NP. Given the importance of such a plan Durrell co-funded and co-organised the meeting as part of our Madagascar amphibian programme.
August 1, 2014
The Western Caribbean, centred on the Greater Antillean islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, is of global importance for amphibian conservation with over 90% of the regions amphibian species threatened with extinction - the highest anywhere in the world. It is of little surprise then that it is one of Durrell’s priority regions for our SAFE Programme.