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Amphibians are the most threatened vertebrate group in the world with over 40% of all known species believed to be threatened with extinction.
Our mission is to secure the survival of amphibian species at ten sites across four of the world’s highest priority regions for amphibian conservation by 2020.Learn more with our dedicated SAFE site
Formed in 2011, the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group (SMSG) is an expanding global network of scientists and conservationists who share a passion for the world’s rodents, shrews, moles, solenodons, hedgehogs and tree-shrews.View the group’s dedicated website (external)
The primates are by far the most threatened major mammal order, with 49% of 413 species classified as threatened.
Our wildlife park in Jersey is a world renowned centre for the breeding and husbandry of marmosets and tamarins. These small bodied primates, which include the golden lion tamarin of Brazil, suffer greatly from the loss of their native forest. Our staff have supported field efforts to protect tamarins in the wild and work closely with organisations to improve husbandry standards for animals that are brought into captivity through rescue centres.
In South-East Asia, which has been identified as a region of extreme threat for larger-bodied mammals, we will continue to develop our support for the conservation of the Sumatran orangutan. Identified as one of the 25 most threatened primates in the world, this species has suffered greatly from forest loss. While providing training support for staff from the region, we also identify actions on the ground developed in collaboration with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.
Durrell has managed a population of western lowland gorillas at our wildlife park for over 40 years and we are committed to supporting efforts to protect them in the wild. The pressures facing all four gorilla species are widespread and intense. We can have the greatest impact by providing conservationists from gorilla range states with the necessary skills to lead conservation efforts in their home countries.
The countries of South East Asia, including parts of southern China and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, are home to staggering levels of both marine and terrestrial biodiversity. But the region is also experiencing rapid development and population growth and most of the nations are heavily dependent on direct harvesting of natural resources.
As a result all biodiversity within this region is under extreme pressure. Twenty per cent of the 562 Critically Endangered and Endangered bird species occur in South East Asia. The highest concentration of Critically Endangered birds is found in Indonesia, where 16 species face serious threats primarily from forest clearance or from the cage bird trade. Other regions such as the Philippines, with 13 Critically Endangered species and Thailand with nine, are extremely important areas.
The threats facing South East Asian birds extend across many taxonomic groups including many wetland birds, pigeons and doves, pheasants, parrots and hornbills. Durrell has captive management experience and track record of success with a number of species from these groups including the Critically Endangered Bali starling and blue-crowned laughing thrush.
Through partnerships with local and international organisations, we have initiated projects that apply the husbandry skills of our Bird Department to some of the world’s most threatened birds.
The iconic British Channel Islands are home to an extraordinary and varied flora and fauna both on land and in the sea. Today the pressures of development, changes in farming practices and climate change are making increasing numbers of species vulnerable to local extinction. Jersey is our home and we are as committed to saving species on our home island as anywhere in the world.
Durrell manages a programme of thorough and scientifically robust monitoring projects for birds and amphibians throughout Jersey. Data collected through these projects is analysed and used to focus on threatened species, habitats and specific sites. Through strong local partnerships we are able to focus on direct action where it is most needed. This includes the restoration of a species lost from the island for over a century.Click here to visit the Birds On The Edge project website
A chain of over 7,000 islands stretching for more than 2,500 miles around the Caribbean Sea. They support almost 2% of the world’s terrestrial species. Rich and diverse, they are also vulnerable and many island species are under great pressure. A key focus for the region are the remaining endemic mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
The challenges facing species, habitats and people differ widely between the West and Eastern Caribbean Islands. But in each Durrell is prioritising the most threatened species. In the Western Caribbean this includes the last remaining endemic mammals, such as the Hispaniolan soleonodon, and many amphibian species. In the Eastern Caribbean we have developed a long-standing relationship with island states to protect priority species of St Lucia, Antigua and Montserrat.Saint Lucia racer Saint Lucia whiptail lizard Antiguan racer Mountain Chicken
More than 25,000 islands are dotted throughout the vastarea of the Pacific Ocean, ranging from flat coral atolls torugged, mountainous volcanic isles. The region includes theisland groups of Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia as wellas the Hawaiian islands and the Galápagos archipelago.
These islands contain a staggering diversity of natural and cultural systems, and some of the most intact remaining tropical wilderness areas. They also have extreme levels of species endemism, for example 80% of Samoa’s birds are found only there and New Caledonia has more than 2,400 species of endemic plant.
Unfortunately these islands are very fragile and the destruction of habitat and introduction of non-native species has led this region to have more known extinctions than any other.
We engage with the region through our training activities, which support the development of conservation skills andc apacity. Whilst continuing field projects in the Galapagos, Durrell provides training support and conservation breeding expertise to organisations throughout the region.
Madagascar is the oldest island on the planet. All this time in isolation allowed strange and fascinating plants and animals to evolve here that are found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar and the younger volcanic islands of the Comoros form part of one of the five most important areas in the world for biodiversity. But this richness is under threat, with consequences for both wildlife and people.
Durrell focuses on the most threatened species and the most threatened habitats of Madagascar and the Comoros. Rural communities depend on the same ecosystems for their livelihoods, so our approach is based on empowering these communities to lead in the protection of their local environments. Over 25 years in Madagascar we have developed a unique approach to community engagement which involves working with traditional leaders and associations, and reinforcing traditional culture, rules and customs.Madagascar side-necked turtle Madagascar pochard Ploughshare tortoise
Mauritius and Rodrigues form part of the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean. These small remote islands have a short history of human occupation illustrating how overexploitation and alien species introduction can rapidly turn a centre of biodiversity to a centre of extinction. The famed loss of the Dodo, our emblem, is there to remind us of the need for conservation action. Our long-term involvement in the region exemplifies how ecosystems can be rebuilt and species brought back from the edge.
Durrell has applied its core approach to conservation action in the Mascarenes with intensive ongoing operations in the field, supported by ex-situ activities at the Wildlife Park, and training for the next generation of conservation leaders in the region through Durrell’s Conservation Academy and postgraduate internship course within Mauritius. This approach and long-term partnership with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to help establish protected areas, reintroduce threatened birds and reptiles, eradicate and control invasive predators, restore island ecosystems and raise awareness for species protection have been the backbone of conservation actions that have prevented extinction events over the past three decades.Orange-tailed skink Telfair's skink Round Island boa Pink pigeon
'Durrell' is an international charity dedicated to 'Saving Species From Extinction'. Founded by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell, we've been saving some of the world's most endangered animals for over half a century. Through our Wildlife Park in Jersey, conservation academies in Mauritius and Jersey, and 45 field projects worldwide, our unique approach tackles conservation from all angles.
Durrell animal adoptions feed directly into our vital conservation work, so in supporting your favourite animal, you also know that you are joining us in our mission of saving species from extinction. Thank you!