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

5 days ago
#watervoles have been declining for decades but things are looking up thanks to conservation by the @nationaltrust and protection by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. #reintroduction
https://t.co/OyENKxIjgo https://t.co/tEa6iCEwmz
1 week ago
Great team to be working with! Full-time position available at @BIAZA . Visit their website to find out how to apply. https://t.co/vGijcuSAuH
1 week ago
If you are around we hope to see you there! Mike is giving a talk tonight at @cardiffuni about his #conservationgenetics work with African #rhinos. Event organised by @CUWildsoc and @WTSWW https://t.co/rd3ehzdXQi https://t.co/kAUrYiZBm0

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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 Ark1 day ago
Morning all! My name is Léonie, I’m one of the new Frozen Ark PTY students based at the University of Nottingham. I’m currently working on tiger behaviour ethograms (a way of documenting animal behaviour) for a University of Nottingham PhD student in hopes of improving the quality of life of tigers living in captivity. I also look forward to starting work on my cryopreservation project comparing how different media affects the freezing of different samples. I’ll be sure to keep you all up to date on the exciting work I’ll be doing this year. #studentscience #conservationgenetics University of Reading

THE ARK IN NUMBERS


27

PARTNERS

12

COUNTRIES

~5000

SPECIES SAMPLED

~48000

SAMPLES

22

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