scoop.co.nz 18 Mar, 2021 22:15 am

Zoo Announces Grants In Honour Of Champion Of Amphibian Conservation

Zoo Announces Grants In Honour Of Champion Of Amphibian Conservation
Auckland Zoo is celebrating World Frog Day with the launch of a 2021 grants programme to assist amphibian conservation projects in honour of the late Professor Phil Bishop - a champion of amphibian conservation here in Aotearoa and around the world. Every ...

Auckland Zoo is celebrating World Frog Day with the launch of a 2021 grants programme to assist amphibian conservation projects in honour of the late Professor Phil Bishop - a champion of amphibian conservation here in Aotearoa and around the world.Every year, through the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund, the Zoo offers a series of small grants to help advance conservation projects for threatened fauna and flora here in Aotearoa and developing countries as part of its mission to bring people together to build a future for wildlife.Professor Phil Bishop and New Zealand’s Archey’s frog: Credit Auckland Zoo.“Tragically, in January this year following a short illness, Professor Phil Bishop, head of the University of Otago’s Zoology Department, passed away, and New Zealand and rest of the world lost a leading light in amphibian conservation,” says Auckland Zoo’s Head of Animal Care and Conservation and herpetologist, Richard Gibson.

“Nothing could be more fitting than having Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund’s first 2021 grants round dedicated to conservationists working to ensure a future for frogs and other amphibians,” says Richard.As Professor Phil Bishop’s favourite tee-shirt says, ‘Fact – the survival of the planet depends on frogs’ – so on this World Frog Day, leap in and learn more about frogs and why you should care about their survival.

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