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Dear FrogLoggers,

The IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group and Amphibian Survival Alliance would like to thank everyone for pushing forward on amphibian conservation in 2013. With your continued support and dedication, 2014 is set to become a banner year for amphibian conservation around the world!

At the end of last year, the Amphibian Survival Alliance—the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation—announced the creation of the first major land conservation fund to help stem global amphibian declines. The Leapfrog Conservation Fund, pulled together from support of Alliance partners, has an initial investment of USD $1,000,000 and will be dispersed over the course of the upcoming year.

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) along with conservation groups from around the world have also designated 2014 as theYear of the Salamander. Through this unprecedented partnership, organizations and individuals such as you will work together to not just raise awareness of salamanders but also really scale up global salamander conservation, education and research efforts.

And now with this special edition of FrogLog, we showcase some more examples of collaborative amphibian conservation efforts from around the world—from Mexico to The Netherlands, from Honduras to South Africa, from Poland to Jamaica, Ireland and beyond.

These projects are successful because collaborative partnerships can often achieve far more by working together than on their own. Each brings to the table a unique set of approaches and perspectives, which can take ideas and actions farther, faster. But, they also succeed because of the strong sense of purpose and passion of the individual people involved.

Like you, they care deeply about amphibians and the threats they face.

And like us, they also realize that we all have a vested interest in protecting amphibians and their habitats.

Candace M Hansen


3 Editorial


4 Leaping to the Rescue: Million Dollar Fund for Frogs

6 State of the Salamander

14 Now Available: Synopsis of Evidence on Global Amphibian Conservation

16 1% for the Planet: Hop to It!

18 Announcing the 2014 Year of the Salamander logo!

18 Pre-Eminent Authority on Amphibians and Reptiles Publishes the Frog Reference Work of the Decade

19 Foundation of a National Amphibian Genome Bank and Oversight Group Creation

20 Amazing Amphibian: The Gorgan Mountain Salamander


22 Conservation Actions for Amphibians in Chiapas State, Mexico

25 Collaboration for Conservation Success in the Netherlands

28 Strengthening Partnerships and Preparations for the Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center

29 Developing Partnerships to Combat Chytridiomycosis in Madagascar

36 Collaborating for Irish Amphibians

38 Active Amphibian Habitat Protection in the South Wielkopolska Region (Poland)

40 Six Years of Active Conservation of Amphibians in the City of Poznan, Poland

42 We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends…

46 Cape Collaborations For Amphibian Solutions

48 Industry Threatening to Eliminate Endemic Jamaican Frogs

50 Dead Wood for Frogs! Extensive Storm Damage to a Forest Brings New Opportunities for Amphibians

54 Mission Mantella—A Story About the First Wild Encounter with One’s Favorite Animal

57 An Ecological Service of Frogs: Tadpoles Feeding on Dengue Mosquito Eggs

61 Stimulating an Interest in Salamander Conservation and an Ambition to Help These Amphibians

62 The Amphibians of Guyana: A Photographic Journey