A precious and unique environment.
These islands are home to many diverse species. We’re working closely with conservation partners to protect species from deforestation and restore essential habitats.
This amphibian crisis is thought to be one of the GREATEST conservation challenges ever faced. Without amphibians many other animals will struggle to survive.
Zoos are the last hope for many species. We can learn so much from the amphibians in our care – we’re able to understand their breeding behaviour and the kind of conditions they need to thrive.
The critically endangered golden mantella can only be found deep within the Mangabe forest in Madagascar. And despite its tiny size, the threats it’s facing are huge! We’re working right now at Chester Zoo and in the field with our partners, carrying out vital monitoring, education programmes and scientific research to help protect this species before we lose it forever.
We’ve conducted important research into their remaining population in the wild, but as they’re so small and don’t have natural markings, it was impossible to identify individuals. So, conservation scientists at Chester Zoo developed a technique called ‘elastomer marking’ which gives each frog a small coloured implant. This technique has been crucial in gathering scientific data which then means we can work on a strategy to protect this species from extinction.
Lending a hand in Mauritius
The skills our staff have developed at the zoo have been crucial in saving critically endangered bird species on this beautiful island; spending months at a time helping to hand rear some of the islands most vulnerable species, like the Mauritius cuckoo-shrike.