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

18 hours ago
For my PTY project this year I will be using #Bioinformatic tools to identify regions of adaptive differentiation in #blackrhino populations from different climatic regions in southern Africa; which will support the research of Dr Isa-Rita Russo. @GeorginaRachelR #studentscience https://t.co/URaKqiSSEZ
18 hours ago
The EU has recently released plans to reimburse farmers for all damages caused by large carnivores such as #Bears and #wolves as well as funding preventative measures; hopefully reducing the number of farmers reaching for their guns to protect livestock.
https://t.co/ZvWB4miSyO https://t.co/idadpEoi0W
19 hours ago
The largest #shark nursery found in Irish waters has been discovered during a SeaRover survey, carried out by Ireland's Marine Institute.
Read about it at: https://t.co/C0MvlSX7zm https://t.co/YqKXZ8dS0f
2 days ago
The rare Blue ground beetle (Carabus intricatus) has been discovered at a second site in Wales. Its discovery coincides with the Blue Ground Beetle Project, led by @BuglifeCymru.
#UKHeritage
https://t.co/7dgdm62xYF https://t.co/lNhMIjkuEC

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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 Ark19 hours ago
The largest #shark nursery found in Irish waters has been discovered during a SeaRover survey, carried out by Ireland's Marine Institute . In the cold-water coral reefs, 200 miles west of Ireland, thousands of egg cases have been discovered surrounded by a school of Blackmouth catsharks (Galeus melastomus). While there were no pups were present at the site, it is believed that the adult sharks are using the degraded coral reef to lay their eggs, and scientists plan to return during hatching season to observe the juveniles. This discovery demonstrates the significance of documenting sensitive marine habitats and should provide scientists with a better understanding of the sharks biology and their ecosystem function in one of Ireland’s Biologically Sensitive Areas.
http://bit.ly/2RXAZF4

THE ARK IN NUMBERS


27

PARTNERS

12

COUNTRIES

~5000

SPECIES SAMPLED

~48000

SAMPLES

22

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