Conservation of threatened amphibians in Valle del Cauca, Colombia: a cooperative project between Cali Zoological Foundation, Colombia, and Zoo Zürich, Switzerland



Amphibians are facing a massive crisis: one-third of the world's amphibians are threatened with extinction. The International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources – The World Conservation Union has urged that ‘All Critically and Extinct in the Wild taxa should be subject to ex situ management to ensure recovery of wild populations.’ Comparable calls are included in Global Amphibian Assessment documents. Cali Zoological Foundation, Colombia, and Zoo Zürich, Switzerland, are committed to contribute to amphibian conservation by running an ex situ conservation centre and conservation research and education programmes. This project may serve as a model for further amphibian conservation activities in neotropical countries.