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

10 hours ago
The pochard is one of the UKs rarer species of ducks. Most Pochards migrate from mainland Europe in summer. In the winter, the male pochards will shed their red feathers and grow ‘eclipse’ plumage-grey like the females- as camouflage against predators. #WildlifeWednesday https://t.co/rfbgVF39c7
6 days ago
A resident population of wolves has been established in the Netherlands after 140 years. #conservation https://t.co/A2FBX9lHle https://t.co/qJsXoagvT9
7 days ago
Catch up with the latest #NHM_Live featuring @JonathanAblett talking about his time on the #DY100 expedition and the incredible deep sea species the @NHM_London researchers found. https://t.co/1lXzHlFhsl
1 week ago
This week, @isadora_sinha joined us @MolEcolCU once more to present the results of her final year project focused on European #hedgehogs supported by @PTES and @hedgehogsociety. https://t.co/lZXoVlovKF

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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 Ark10 hours ago
The Pochard is one of the UK's rarer species of ducks. There are very few who stay for the winter and so are most commonly found in the summer when they migrate from continental Europe to breed. In the winter, the male pochards will shed their red feathers and grow ‘eclipse’ plumage- a mottled grey like the females- as camouflage against predators. They are now classed as vulnerable by the IUCN due to their numbers rapidly declining. It is important to preserve their habitats and keep lakes clean of rubbish. #wildlifewednesday

THE ARK IN NUMBERS


27

PARTNERS

12

COUNTRIES

~5000

SPECIES SAMPLED

~48000

SAMPLES

22

STORAGE FACILITIES
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