Durrell’s action to conserve amphibians
is through our global amphibian programme -
the SAFE programme guided by our 2014 - 2020 strategy.Our aspiration for this is a situation where the most threatened amphibians at ten global priority sites are now SAFE thanks to conservation efforts led by capable local institutions in partnership with the zoo and conservation community. These projects will act as models for the global conservation community to replicate for amphibians worldwide.
By 2020 we will secure the survival of amphibian species at ten sites across four of the world’s highest priority regions for amphibian conservation.
We will ensure amphibians are SAFE in four priority regions. These represent regions where there is high amphibian extinction risk and where Durrell has previous experience through our field or training programmes.
World's highest number of threatened amphibians
90% of the amphibian species threatened with extinction
Third greatest number of endemic amphibian species
More than 75% of species threatened with extinction
To ensure amphibians are SAFE we will progress through four stages. First we must understand the situation of species in the wild () which will inform our conservation actions including the captive breeding needs ( ).
We will seek to ensure long term sustainability and success by developing key skills in local partners () and by galvanising support and collaboration from the international community ( )
Little is known about many threatened amphibian species. So the first step is to Iidentify those species that need our help the most. We want to find out where they are found, what their habitat needs are and what responses are required.
Until the threats in the wild can be addressed, we will establish captive breeding programmes for many of the species at risk. Our extensive expertise in the captive management of threatened amphibians means we will identify those species most in need and make immediate decisions on whether species can be maintained in-country or require overseas facilities.
Developing in-country capacity is the key to successful, sustainable, long-term conservation. Through Durrell’s Conservation Academy we will carry out detailed assessments of training, skills and development needs within our local partner organisations, and develop and deliver the most appropriate training interventions.
The importance of amphibian conservation has languished for too long within global political and conservation processes. It is now vital that we raise the profile and highlight the value and urgency of amphibian conservation.
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Download Saving Amphibians from Extinction, Durrell’s Global Amphibian Programme Strategy 2014 - 2020 booklet