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SAINT LOUIS ZOO WILDCARE INSTITUTE AND AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION: ONE MODEL . R. Eric Miller, DVM, Dipl. ACZM Director. DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE LOSS OF SPECIES. GOING, GOING……GONE. AMPHIBIANS – A WHOLE TAXA AT RISK. HOW TO MAKE AN EFFECTIVE CONTRIBUTION FOR AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION ?.

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saint louis zoo wildcare institute and amphibian conservation one model

SAINT LOUIS ZOOWILDCARE INSTITUTEAND AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION: ONE MODEL

R. Eric Miller, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

Director

visit to zoo atlanta in fall 2005

VISIT TO ZOO ATLANTA IN FALL 2005

THANKS TO DR. JOE MENDELSON

balsa de los sapos program
DR. LUIS COLOMA

CATOLICA UNIVERSITY (PUCE) IN QUITO, ECUADOR

BALSA DE LOS SAPOS PROGRAM
ecuadorian amphibians
441 SPECIES IDENTIFED TO DATE (#3 IN DIVERSITY)

40% ENDEMIC

2 SPECIES PRESUMED EXTINCT, 139 AT EXTINCTION RISK

ECUADORIAN AMPHIBIANS
amphibian threats in ecuador
EMERGING DISEASES

HABITAT DEGRADATION AND FRACTIONATION

CLIMATE CHANGE

AMPHIBIAN THREATS IN ECUADOR?
andean species are most risk
CLIMATE CHANGE:

.5OC WARMER IS WORLDWIDE AVERAGE

ANDES ARE 2OC

WARMER

ANDEAN SPECIES ARE MOST RISK
balsa de los sapos
STRENGTHEN ECUADORIAN CAPACITY

FIELD RESEARCH

EX SITU

CONSERVATION

BALSA DE LOS SAPOS
pilot center 2 year project

PILOT CENTER – 2 YEAR PROJECT

10 SPECIES

$54,000 FROM CATOLICA UNIVERSITY

$50,000 FROM SAINT LOUIS ZOO

sapari adventura en un mundo de sapos

SAPARI: ADVENTURA EN UN MUNDO DE SAPOS

105,000 VISITORS IN 90 DAYS

TRAVEL TO US/EUROPE?

catolica wildcare partnership cont
COST EFFECTIVE CONSERVATION

ALSO LABOR EFFECTIVE FOR US

ECUADOR DOES NOT

ALLOW EXPORT OF

ANIMALS, SO MUST

BE IN COUNTRY

NOT ABOUT ACQUISTION BY ZOOS!

CATOLICA/WILDCARE PARTNERSHIP (CONT.)
photo credits thank you to dr coloma www puce edu ec zoologia balsasapos
PHOTO CREDITSTHANK YOU TO DR. COLOMAwww.puce.edu.ec/zoologia/balsasapos