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

16 hours ago
DNA extractions are a large part of what we do here at the Frozen Ark! Now it's your turn! Over the Christmas break, you can extract DNA from a strawberry in your own home 🍓🧬 Follow this method and see the results for yourself (make sure you send us photos)! #ptytwittertakeover https://t.co/gGyaleg9bm
19 hours ago
. @mafalda_b_costa got reunited this week with @AndiBeazer & @GeorginaRachelR (former FA PTY students). Andi is back @UniofBath for a Masters in Bioinformatics & Georgina is in her final undergrad year. We were pleased to find out that both are doing really well! #frozenarkfamily https://t.co/1DdvWwohxD
22 hours ago
This week I've been in the lab with one of the final year students learning how to isolate DNA from faecal matter! 🧬

#ptytwittertakeover #studentscience #DNA https://t.co/4VEjFRmqNc
2 days ago
The latest IUCN Red List update reveals genuine improvements in the status of eight bird species and two freshwater fishes! 🎉🐟

Find out more here: https://t.co/AiUfGIcjZy

#biodiversity #IUCNRedList #species #nature #conservation

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DNA extractions are a large part of what we do here at the Frozen Ark! Now it's your turn! Over the Christmas break, you can extract DNA from a strawberry in your own home 🍓🧬 Follow this method and see the results for yourself (make sure you send us your photos)!

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Mafalda got reunited this week with Andi Beazer and Georgina Russell, our former PTY students, in Bath. Andi is back at the University of Bath doing a Masters in Bioinformatics and Georgina is in her final undergraduate year. We were pleased to find out that both are doing really well and we are hoping they can join us for the public engagement activities we have planned for the new year. #frozenarkfamily #studentscience
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Good news
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Frozen Ark2 days ago
people are forgetting, or just don’t appreciate, how much wildlife there was.

Read more: #ixzz67ukBhRzW" target="_blank">https://www.newscientist.com/article/2226898-young-people-cant-remember-how-much-more-wildlife-there-used-to-be/#ixzz67ukBhRzW
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IUCN Red List has announced improvements to the status of eight bird species and two freshwater fishes! 🥳 Captive breeding and management of wild populations have been essential to these conservation successes 🦜

The Guam rail fell prey to the brown tree snake, an invasive species accidentally introduced to the US island territory at the end of the second world war. It is only the second bird in history to recover from being extinct in the wild, after the California condor. Other species to have their status updated include the Echo parakeet (photo above), of which there are now more than 750 in the wild, leading to reclassification as a “vulnerable” species, having been critically endangered more than a decade ago!

The Australian trout cod and Pedder galaxias, both freshwater fish, have also shown improvement, the former moving from endangered to vulnerable and the latter from critically endangered to endangered, after many years of conservation efforts 🐟

In spite of these successes, the red list data also showed a decline in seventy-three species! Here are the global figures for the 2019-3 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:
TOTAL SPECIES ASSESSED = 112,432
(Total threatened species = 30,178)
Extinct = 877
Extinct in the Wild = 73
Critically Endangered = 6,413
Endangered = 10,629
Vulnerable = 13,136
Near Threatened = 6,826
Lower Risk/conservation dependent = 192 (this is an old category that is gradually being phased out of The IUCN Red List)
Least Concern = 57,931
Data Deficient = 16,355

Sources:
1. http://www.iucn.org/news/species/201912/species-recoveries-bring-hope-amidst-biodiversity-crisis-iucn-red-list
2. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/10/previously-extinct-guam-rail-saved-in-rare-conservation-success-aoe
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27

PARTNERS

12

COUNTRIES

~5000

SPECIES SAMPLED

~48000

SAMPLES

22

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