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Halting the Global Decline in Amphibians - a 2-day ZSL and WCS joint symposium (day 1)

With a large number of amphibian species facing an uncertain future, this symposium will bring together researchers and conservation practitioners working in the field and in captive collections to discuss the current threats and present potential solutions to avert this imminent biodiversity crisis.

IMAGE © George Sunter.

The 2004 Global Amphibian Assessment concluded that amphibians are at far greater risk of extinction than either mammals (23%) or birds (12%), with a third of all extant and currently described species listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable and 43% of all amphibian species in decline.

The attributed reasons for this dramatic decline in amphibian populations are varied, involving habitat loss and alteration, unsustainable trade, invasive species, climate change and disease, particularly the chytridiomycosis fungus.

In many areas where chytridiomycosis has been identified as the cause of high or complete mortality in amphibian populations habitats remain pristine, indicating that more traditional conservation responses, such as protected area systems, will be ineffectual.

However, no single factor is responsible for the scale of decline and a combination of threats may be working in synergy to produce the observed losses.

This symposium will bring together researchers and conservation practitioners working both in the field and in captive collections to discuss current threats and present potential solutions to address this biodiversity crisis.

Speakers will assess the current knowledge of amphibian declines worldwide and detail the methodology being employed both in- and ex-situ to combat losses. The role of the 2008 global campaign by the world's zoos, the ‘Year of the Frog’, in catalyzing required funding and stimulating both government and public action will also be described.

Organised by Lesley Dickie (EAZA & Amphibian Ark), Kevin Zippel (Amphibian Ark) and Jenny Pramuk (WCS).

For further details or to book your place, please see www.zsl.org/science/scientific-meetings/ or contact Joy Hayward, Scientific Meetings Coordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY; tel: +44 (0) 207 449 6227; fax: +44 (0) 207 449 6411; e-mail: joy.hayward@zsl.org.


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Date and Time:

20 November 2008 at 9:00 am


Full Day



ZSL London Zoo's Meeting Rooms
Regent's Park (Outer Circle)
0207 449 6227
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Organised by:

The Zoological Society of London
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£120 for both days; £70 per day. 50% discount for students and ZSL Members.

Available from:

This is a two-day symposium to be held on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 November 2008. Tickets must be booked in advance and can be purchased from Joy Hayward, Scientific Meetings Coordinator joy.hayward@zsl.org or call 0207 449 6227 for further details. Lunch and refreshments are included in ticket; we are also hosting a dinner on the Thursday evening. Tickets are an extra £40 per person and must be booked in advance.

Additional Information:

If you would like to be added to our e-mailing list for future meetings, please contact joy.hayward@zsl.org

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