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Field Programmes

Amphibian Conservation Programme

Frogs and toads, salamanders and newts and strange, legless, worm-like caecilians make up the Class Amphibia.

Sadly this weird, but wonderful, group of animals is the most endangered of all vertebrates with more than a third of the 6,600 known species threatened with extinction and over half of species and populations in decline. 

As with other animals, the degradation, pollution and loss of habitat is the primary threat but for these delicate creatures with soft, permeable skin and a life-cycle split between land and water, infectious disease has become the most urgent threat to address. 

The silent march of chytrid fungus across all the continents of the world has brought many frogs species to the brink of oblivion and may have contributed to the final demise of the 150 or more species thought to have become extinct in the past twenty-five years.

Chester Zoo supports field monitoring and research projects for some very rare and unusual frogs in the wild, including Darwin’s frog from Chile and the Green-eyed frog from Costa Rica, known from just two breeding ponds.

Zoo staff and collaborating university researchers and students also carry out important research and conservation breeding programmes in specially constructed amphibian laboratories at the zoo, called APods.

The zoo has three of these APods, each dedicated to one Critically Endangered species; the Green-eyed Frog, the Black-eyed Tree Frog from Belize, and the oddly-named Mountain Chicken from Dominica and Montserrat in the Caribbean.

Download our Amphibian Conservation Programme info (PDF)

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You can donate to our Amphibian Conservation Programme through our Act for Wildlife website, where we promise that 100% of your donation will be used to help save amphibians in the wild.

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