Mike Bungard, Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, will be in Tanzania during the festive season to look at setting up conservation projects and partnerships to help East African amphibians.
Paignton Zoo’s Amphibian Ark species rescue and reintroduction centre, which opened in August 2009, was built to help save species in Madagascar, Tanzania and Trinidad.
Mike said: “We are particularly interested in the Udzungwa Scarp Forest Reserve – a small, poorly protected forest with at least four endangered frog species found nowhere else in the world.”
In addition, senior reptile keeper Rod Keen is to visit Jersey Zoo to learn about specialist amphibian husbandry, while reptile keeper Sam Lomax will spend two weeks at Melbourne Zoo in Australia, which has one of the most advanced amphibian facilities in the world.
For more information go to the Paignton Zoo site or ring 01803 697500.