Bristol Zoo Gardens

Amphibian Sanctuary - Help us tackle the extinction crisis

One third to one half of all amphibian species are threatened with extinction, with probably more than 120 already eradicated in recent years. Bristol Zoo Gardens would like to tackle this extinction crisis head on by providing a breeding container here in Bristol for the immediate conservation of 2 species before they disappear.

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One third to one half of all amphibian species are threatened with extinction, with probably more than 120 already eradicated in recent years. Habitat loss is the major threat in terms of number of species affected, but the rapid dispersal of amphibian fungus is of major and urgent concern because of its tendency to drive species to extinction quickly. Scientists believe many more species may go extinct before we are able to act. But there is one option currently available which can save hundreds or even thousands of species if we act rapidly: captive breeding programmes. Bristol Zoo Gardens would like to tackle this extinction crisis head on by providing a breeding container here in Bristol for the immediate conservation of 2 species before they disappear. Objectives i. Provide a biosecure unit capable of breeding groups of endangered amphibians, while protecting them from the fungus. ii. Increase awareness and understanding of amphibian conservation to the public. iii. Integrate the breeding programme with a field project examining how to mitigate the threats in the wild. iv. Develop guidelines for breeding and long-term maintenance for other amphibian breeding institutions. v. Provide amphibian medicine/husbandry training for vets and breeding specialists. Budget Including capital costs, operating costs and educational facilities Total - £120, 000 Year 1 - £76,000 Year 2 - £22,000 Year 3 - £22,000

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