Saving the DNA and the viable cells of the world's endangered animals

The Frozen Ark Consortium is a worldwide group of institutions.   It is coordinated from an office within the new Frozen Ark Unit at the School of Biology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Here the Charity is based, the web site and database are being developed, and the panels of experts are being established. It is also the centre for communication between members of the Consortium, Trustees, the Advisory Group, and individual expert panels.  It is also involved in fund-raising. There is a cell and DNA laboratory which aims to study how best to collect and preserve the biological materials of particular endangered animals. The various methods of preservation will be evaluated. They include freezing, freeze-drying and the methods most appropriate for collecting in the field.

The worldwide group of institution members of the Frozen Ark Consortium consists of:-




The Natural History Museum


The Zoological Society of London


University of Bedfordshire

Luton, UK

University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, UK

Bristol Zoo

Bristol, UK

Dublin Zoo

Dublin, Ireland

The Cryo-Brehm Deutsche Zellbank fur Wildtiere, Fraunhofer Institute

St. Ingbert, Germany

The Animal Gene Resource Centre

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Perth Zoo

Perth, Australia

New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine

Auckland, New Zealand

The Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES)

Hyderabad, India.

Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES)

The Zoological Society of San Diego, California, USA.

The Ambrose Monell Laboratory

The American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA.

The Wildlife Biological Resource Centre

Endangered Wildlife Trust, The National Zoo, Pretoria, South Africa.

The North of England Zoological Society

Chester, UK.

Vietnam National Museum of Nature and Hoang Lien National Park

Hanoi, Vietnam

Cryobiology Research Group

Luton Institute of Research in the Applied Natural Sciences, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK.

The Reproductive Biology Unit, Perth Zoo

Western Australia

The New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine

Auckland Zoological Park, New Zealand.



Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK)

Bonn, Germany

Kaunas Zoological Museum


Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife (IZW)

Berlin, Germany