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.

TWITTER FEED

2 days ago
Join us @NHM_London for #EuropeanResearchersNight! @MikeBruford will explore how genetic material from animals can be frozen and stored for the future, with a live link behind the scenes to the Museum's MCf, where part of #FrozenArk collection is housed. https://t.co/7nRo95ApJ8 https://t.co/tN7YA9dYol
2 days ago
This is fantastic news! The Canadian @MuseumofNature just opened its new National Biodiversity Cryobank. We are pleased to see that initiatives such as this continue to spread across the world! #cryopreservation #biodiversity #conservation #research

https://t.co/RkZJazU6gR
4 days ago
First day and welcome to our two new PTY students, Leonie and Sarah Jane who will be working with us in Nottingham for the next year. Pictured here saying hi to some of the lab critters. @UniofNottingham #studentscience https://t.co/9MhNN3NX24

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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 BIAZA Research Committee's post.5 hours ago
WOW! Really useful resources for students interested in conducting research in BIAZA zoos or aquariums. Don't forget to check the suggested research areas before submitting an application to see if your interest aligns with those of zoos and aquariums.

https://biaza.org.uk/research-resources

THE ARK IN NUMBERS


24

PARTNERS

12

COUNTRIES

~5000

SPECIES SAMPLED

~48000

SAMPLES

22

STORAGE FACILITIES
animals

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