Detroit Zoo to Host Amphibian Conference


Published:

The Detroit Zoo will gather conservationists and amphibian scientists from around the world later this year to discuss solutions to amphibian die-offs caused by climate change and disease.

“Amphibians are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine,” says Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan. “When hundreds of species of an entire class of animal are in decline, it signals a threat to many other species.”

 Kagan says the Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center was the first major conservation facility dedicated specifically to amphibians. He says the no specific date has been picked for the conference, to be held at the zoo.

He adds, the zoo’s conservation efforts include breeding programs for endangered amphibians. One program successfully bred more than 22,000 Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles, which were shipped to Puerto Rico for introduction to the wild.

The zoo has also made the amphibian conservation effort local. The zoo conducts annual surveys of salamanders in the Detroit River to determine the health of the amphibian population, as they are good indicators of the environment’s response to pollution.

“We know about the extinctions and crises amphibians face globally, but we also need to keep tabs on what’s happening in our own backyard,” Kagan says. “These programs allow us to monitor native amphibians and make sure their populations are healthy.”

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Architectural Engineering Firm to Open Detroit Office on Woodward
    Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr, and Huber, an architectural engineering firm in Novi with more than 60...
  2. Robertson Larson Group Offers New Condo Development in Downtown Birmingham
    A new residential condominium development, called 750 Forest and located in Birmingham’s...
  3. Henry Ford to Offer Innovative Cancer Screenings for Dense Breasts
    In a first for Michigan, the Henry Ford Cancer Institute is introducing a new and advanced...
  4. Report: National, Local Business Leaders say Detroit Must Invest in Small Businesses
    The Kresge Foundation, a Troy-based private grant-making organization that supports social...
  5. Report: Parental Support for Skill Trades Career Paths Grows
    A report released today by the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBA Michigan) showed nearly...
  6. Guardian Alarm in Southfield Eyes Acquisition Targets Following Recent Sale
    The recent sale of Guardian Alarm in Southfield to two U.S.-based investment firms will assist...