A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.



Geographic Location

Andasibe, Alaotra-Mangoro Region, east central Madagascar

Focal Species

Various amphibian species

IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species

Blommersia blommersae (Least Concern); Boophis pyrrhus (Least Concern); Guibemantis aff. albolineatus “Andasibe” (Data Deficient); Guibemantis pulcher (Least Concern); Heterixalus betsileo (Least Concern); Heterixalus punctatus (Least Concern); Mantella aurantiaca (Critically Endangered); Mantidactylus betsileanus (Least Concern); Stumpffia sp. “Ranomafana” (Data Deficient)

About the Project

A Captive Breeding and Husbandry Research Center for the Amphibians of Andasibe, Madagascar

The island of Madagascar is home to nearly 300 species of frogs, all but two of which are endemic.  With an additional 200+ candidate frog species recently identified, the country supports more than 7% of all frog species worldwide.  Alarmingly, nearly one quarter of Madagascar’s described frog species are threatened with extinction.  Habitat destruction is the largest threat they face, though the recent detection of the amphibian chytrid fungus Bd brings additional concern and urgency.  Over-harvesting for the pet and food trades as well as the ongoing pressures from climate change also threaten Madagascar’s frogs.

Mitsinjo, our conservation organization, is based in Andasibe, the frog capital of the island, and runs a number of in situ and ex situ conservation initiatives to address these threats.  We developed the country’s first biosecurity captive breeding facility, where we manage a survival assurance colony of the critically endangered locally endemic golden mantella (Mantella aurantiaca).  In a separate part of the building we also conduct husbandry research on data deficient and otherwise unknown species so that should a captive population need to be established their care requirements are understood in advance.    We also run a disease screening and long-term monitoring program, watching our local amphibian populations for declines and testing for Bd twice per year.  Habitat patrols complement these surveys.  Our most recent addition to this frog-focused conservation campaign includes the development of an Environmental Outreach Center that highlights amphibians and their ecological importance.


Amphibians at Woodland Park Zoo
You’ll find a great diversity of amphibians in the zoo’s Day Exhibit, including endangered species that are part of Species Survival Plan breeding programs to help maintain genetic diversity in the face of population threats


To learn more:

Read the amphibian fact sheets