Conserving the mountain chicken frog: the impact of chytridiomycosis under scrutiny

Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 18:00 - 19:45

The mountain chicken frog, endemic to the islands of Monserrat and Dominica, became Critically Endangered following the incursion of amphibian chytridiomycosis, which caused an 85% population decline in less than 18 months on Dominica and near-extinction in the same amount of time on Montserrat. The emergence of this disease provided a rare opportunity for real-time data collection on its impact and for the trialling mitigation measures, such as in situ treatment of frogs with an anti-fungal drug. Following the initial epidemic emergence, the disease has become endemic on both islands and research has continued to improve our understanding of the mechanisms behind an apparent nascent recovery on Dominica and the outcomes of reintroductions on Monserrat.

Amphibian chytridiomycosis is an infectious disease that has caused global precipitous declines in hundreds of amphibian populations and the decline or extinction of over 200 species. The Amphibian Conservation Action Plan advocates assurance breeding programmes to prevent further extinctions; however, as the pathogen that causes the disease remains present in the native habitats of these species their ultimate recovery is uncertain. For catastrophic losses of amphibian species to be averted, alternative mitigation techniques need to be developed. This meeting will present the work of the Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme, a world-leading consortium including ZSL scientists that is devoted to understanding how to mitigate the impact of chytridiomycosis by using the mountain chicken frog case study as a model.

Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.

Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm. More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.

Book a 3-course dinner with the speakers

All attendees are welcome to attend a 3-course dinner with the speakers after the event.

Dinner places cost £35 per person (including 2 glasses of wine). Booking will be available on this page from1 month onwards prior to the event.


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