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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

The area around Andasibe in east-central Madagascar supports more than 100 different species of frogs. This includes a number of local endemics, several Endangered and Critically Endangered species, as well as more than 30 species assessed as Data Deficient by the IUCN Red List. The threats facing the frogs of Andasibe are as diverse as the frogs themselves, and include habitat destruction, infectious diseases, over-harvesting for the food and pet trades, and the ongoing effects of climate change.

The Andasibe based community-run organization Mitsinjo has launched a set of initiatives aimed at addressing these threats to ensure the survival of their local frog species. This includes operating the country’s only captive survival assurance center for amphibians as well as running one of only two long-term population monitoring programs in Madagascar for frogs. Newer projects involve integrating amphibians into an existing environmental education campaign and developing an Environmental Outreach Center that highlights the ecological importance of amphibians.

Project Mission: To address the threats facing the amphibians of Andasible, Madagascar through community-run conservation initiatives.


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