The principles of rapid response for amphibian conservation, using the programmes in Panama as an example



As a direct response to many threats facing seriously threatened amphibian species, including habitat loss, pollution and, more recently, emerging infectious disease, ex situ captive-breeding programmes have proven valuable tools in species preservation. Uniting scientific research and conservation initiatives, here the growth of ex situ conservation for nearly a decade in central Panama is discussed. Looking at three specific projects, it can be demonstrated that collaborative efforts and multiple-response methods yield positive results in amphibian conservation and species preservation. At the same time, the lessons learned will be examined in each of these projects to allow for future amphibian conservation programmes to consider.