Amphibian Ark has started providing me with lists of the species most in need of being placed in protective custody — meaning, they can’t be saved in the wild and need to be placed with zoos and other host locations before they disappear. Here’s the first installment — the European “highest priority” list.
As funds become available, the species listed below will be among the first to hop onto the Ark. Click on the species name and you’ll go to a page that tells more.
EUROPENeurergus kaiseri (Luristan newt) — Iran Rana cf. holzi (Taurus frog) — Turkey Alytes muletensis (Mallorcan midwife toad)– Spain Neurergus microspilotus (salamander) — Iran/Iraq/Turkey border Batrachuperus gorganensis (Gorgan salamander) — Iran Liciasalamandra billae (salamander) — Turkey Pelobates varaldii (Varaldi’s spadefoot toad) – Morocco Euproctus platycephalus (Sardinian brook salamander) – Italy Proteus anguinus parkelj (Black olm) — Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia Discoglossus montalenti (Corsican painted frog) — Corsica … Once in their biosecure facility, their new home, the species will be bred under the care of experts. Amphibian Ark falls under the auspices of the IUCN Amphibian Conservation Action Plan, so as each species multiplies, the root problems for its near extinction will be analyzed by a bigger scientific team, hopefully resulting in breakthroughs so that the species can return to the wild.