March 31, 2021
PhD student Kat Mullin is using cutting-edge genetic tools to investigate the effects of habitat fragmentation on amphibians in the central plateau of Madagascar. Her first research paper is out, revealing the amphibian richness in one of the smallest protected area in the country.
February 26, 2021
Species Action Plan assesses the conservation status of species and their habitats, outlining conservation priorities for specific targets. The Amphibian Conservation Action Plan is currently being reviewed and Durrell is collaborating with multiple chapters and working groups.
January 18, 2021
Some frogs are difficult to detect by traditional sampling methods, such as visual surveys. A recent research led by Durrell’s team shows further applications of the method for species that are restricted to small water bodies.
November 11, 2020
If you follow our blog, you will notice our team have been busy researching threatened frogs from the central plateau of Madagascar. We have insights on the ecology and population sizes of two Critically Endangered frogs, possibly the very first ever published for these species!
October 12, 2020
Genetic material can be obtained directly from the environment without any obvious signs of biological source material. In the last couple of years, researchers have perfected the use of this genetic tool which has become an efficient, non-invasive and easy-to-standardize sampling approach. Learn more about this method and its use in amphibian conservation.
September 1, 2020
In January 2020, PhD student Kat Mullin went off to Madagascar to explore the forest and collect data for her research. Unfortunately, this year her journey was cut short due to COVID-19. Read about her findings and the struggles of being in a foreign country during a pandemic.
May 26, 2020
The latest IUCN Red List showed that 41% of amphibians were threatened with extinction. The list is currently being reviewed and Durrell is collaborating with amphibian specialists in Brazil to complete the species assessment by the end of 2020.
April 20, 2020
A recent study has shown that the chytrid fungus, responsible for wiping out frogs worldwide, can have a catastrophic effect on local snake diversity. Read more about this finding, published by international researchers in Science.
February 25, 2020
Reporting from Ambohitantely, Kat Mullin is exploring the jungle and looking for rare frogs. Her PhD research at Cardiff University and in partnership with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is looking at the effects of habitat fragmentation on amphibians in Madagascar, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspot.
January 2, 2020
Mountain Chicken frogs are back on the island! This is part of a big conservation effort that is built on past research. Frogs are being kept in a semi-wild enclosure and checked regularly to see whether they can persist in the wild with the chytrid fungus. Read more about this successful conservation story here!
June 20, 2019
The Amphibian Festival was part of the CEPF funded project ‘Building a Future for the Amphibians of Madagascar’, aiming to promote a comprehensive and coordinated approach that builds an effective amphibian conservation effort in the country.
April 9, 2019
Endemic to Madagascar, Mantella cowanii is an Endangered frog species threatened by habitat loss. The species action plan is looking into approaches that will support local conservation actions and has contribution of different stakeholders interested in developing an effective strategy for this threatened frog.
January 30, 2019
In September 2018, we successfully organised two training opportunities in amphibian conservation involving local conservation groups and the Malagasy government. This work is part of the CEPF funded project which aims to build national capacity for amphibian conservation in Madagascar.
November 13, 2018
Durrell ex-intern Berglind Karlsdóttir discusses her recently published guidelines for managers of amphibian captive breeding programmes, and their significance for captive programmes in the future. The guidelines are a direct outcome of her internship with Durrell and collaborations with the Saving Amphibians From Extinction team.
October 13, 2018
To coincide with Mountain Chicken day on the 13th September, the Conservation Learning team at Jersey Zoo decided to hold an event celebrating the unique, but underappreciated, Mountain Chicken frog. Education Officer Tahnee Blakemore tells us how it went and the great reaction from our visitors
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.