THE FROZEN ARK PROJECT

Saving the DNA and viable cells of the worldʼs endangered species

WELCOME TO THE FROZEN ARK

The Frozen Ark Project strives towards a world where extinction rates are sustainable and not created by man. Where the beauty, splendour and practical solutions found in all species is noted and used by man for the good of mankind and for the good of all life on Earth.

 

OUR VISION

To safeguard the genetic material of endangered animals for their conservation and for the benefit of future generations.

OUR MISSION

To collect, preserve and conserve tissue, gametes, viable cells, and DNA of animal species facing extinction by providing infrastructure, expertise, partnership and coordination for endangered animal biobanking.

OUR AIMS

  • to facilitate and promote the conservation of tissue, cells and DNA from endangered animals;
  • to provide a portal where information can be accessed on samples already stored and available and where advice on biobanking for endangered species is provided;
  • to improve methods of collecting, storing, preserving and providing samples;
  • to make biological material available to help combat genetic erosion in conservation programmes;
  • to safeguard important genetic material for scientific research, for the advancement of knowledge and for the benefit of humankind;
  • to disseminate information about the current extinction crisis, its consequences for genetic biodiversity across the planet and on how genetic management of endangered species can help their fight for survival.

TWITTER FEED

2 days ago
Happy #hippoday !! These enormous African herbivores are brilliantly adapted to spending their days in waterways. They can sleep underwater, rising to the surface to take a breathe without even waking up. Even the young calves can suckle underwater. https://t.co/5rBfGiT0Nb
2 days ago
Who spotted us on BBC news on the 28th of December 2018? If you missed it, here's the footage of the BBC news coverage of the Frozen Ark. #HLFsupported #UniversityofNottingham #UKHeritage #Biobanking #bbcnews https://t.co/gxWFrlVVd9
3 days ago
The NGO Island Conservation are using drones to drop rat poison in an effort to rid North Seymour Island, in the Galapagos, of rats which were discovered on the island in 2018.
#conservation
https://t.co/2VXFGP0uqN https://t.co/Skg4mtlCIT

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Frozen Ark

The mission of the Frozen Ark Project is to collect, preserve and store tissue, gametes, viable cells and DNA from endangered animals. The project focuses on the thousands of animals that are threatened with extinction. Animal species are dying out at an unprecedented rate. The current round of extinctions is largely created by mankind, because of the increase in human populations and its effect on the planet’s ecosystems. Global warming is a major contributor to this destruction. Despite the best efforts of conservationists, thousands of extinctions are happening. This pattern is common across all animal groups, both vertebrate and invertebrate, and emphasises the importance of collecting the genetic materials and cells of endangered animals before they disappear. The loss of a species destroys the results of millions of years of evolution. If cells are preserved, invaluable information about the species is saved. The Frozen Ark Project is not a substitute for conservation, but a practical and timely backup of genetic material for the good of, future generations. Samples are taken from captive breeding programmes, zoos and wild populations. The Project is providing uniquely important scientific knowledge and a precious source of genetic material for conservation and research. We believe that no more animals should be allowed to approach extinction without such material being conserved. The Frozen Ark has developed into an international consortium of museums, zoos, aquaria and research laboratories, all committed to the long-term preservation of this material.
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Frozen Ark shared Natural History Museum, London's post.1 day ago
It might be #WorldPangolinDay, but time is rapidly running out for the world's most trafficked mammal.

With poachers killing hundreds and thousands each year, some Wildlife Photographer of the Year photographers have set out to document the plight of the pangolin.

THE ARK IN NUMBERS


27

PARTNERS

12

COUNTRIES

~5000

SPECIES SAMPLED

~48000

SAMPLES

22

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