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Deadly fungus found in caecilians

As explained in this blog post from 2011 chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) is one of the primary reasons that amphibians face the greatest risk of imminent extinction. Recent research has found that the third and final major group of amphibians, caecilians, have also been infected by the deadly disease. Amphibians are currently facing the worst […]

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Sagalla Caecilian Conservation Makes Significant Progress in Kenya

In Kenya, the Sagalla Caecilian Conservation Project is carrying out habitat rehabilitation through planting of indigenous trees and vetiva grass in Sagalla Hill forest, to reduce soil erosion and increase soil fertility to improve the habitat quality for the Sagalla caecilian (Boulengerula niedeni). The project is also working with locals to help them create livelihoods […]

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Cryptozoology, Extinction and Recovery: Conservation’s Never-ending Battles

Piercing through the dark fog of pessimistic predictions for conservation’s future, rays of hope are appearing, in the guise of newly discovered species or subspecies. The last century has been a hotbed of new findings, including the mountain gorilla, the colossal squid, and EDGE species the saola (or Vu Quang ox, discovered in 1992). Now […]

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New Family of Caecilians Discovered

North-east India is a poorly understood region only considered to be a ‘gateway’ between the Himalayan and Indo-Burmese biodiversity hotspots, but now researchers are calling for more attention after the recent discovery of a whole new family of amphibians in the area. This result is the culmination of five years of hard labour: from 2006 […]

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Leaping Ahead of Extinction

To coincide with Leap Day, Amphibian Ark has launched a new international event that is celebrating the successes achieved in amphibian conservation, both in the wild and captivity. The organisation is a branch of the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group Conservation division, with the target of implementing an Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP). The focus of […]

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