Like every pet owner, every species has its own story to tell. On one hand, of course, how it even came to be part of Citizen Conservation, and on the other hand, what it needs in order to be successfully bred and to reproduce. If a certain species inspires you to consider getting active in Citizen Conservation, you can download the appropriate breeding recommendations for more detailed information at the end of each article.
Ziegler's Crocodile Newt
One widespread, non-endangered newt becomes many after a closer look. One of them turns out to be highly endangered. An alliance of zoos, science and private terrarists aims to save it.
Vietnamese Crocodile Newt
A common species turns out to actually be several species. One of those only populates a few rainforest fragments. And that's where coal dredgers are moving in.
Titicaca water frog
The frog with the much too large jacket – the bizarre skin folds enable this water-dwelling specialist to survive at an altitude of almost 4,000 meters. Unfortunately, they do not help him against water pollution.
Oriental fire-bellied toad
A toad as a popular animal for aquaterrariums. But importing them from the Far East carries the risk of introducing pathogens. The demand for the pet trade could be well covered by breeding – to the advantage of amphibians and humans.
Nosy Be Cichlid
This fish almost died already, because its habitat on Madagascar has been largely destroyed. Fortunately, it also occurs in a small, tropical island paradise off the coast. Guarded by crocodiles – and now also by aquarists.
The Mangarahara cichlid was considered the "rarest fish in the world" and was all but extinct. A worldwide call for help, international cooperation and a last-minute rescue operation prevented the worst.
Mallorcan Midwife Toad
A fossil, resurrected from the dead. A spectacular story from the brink of extinction and the dedicated fight against it.
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and home to unique wildlife that lives only here. This also applies to the lesser-known freshwater fauna. This one little fish there has three big threats against it. But it also has strong allies - the aquarists.
A fish that has only just been discovered is already threatened with extinction. It was named after a biologist who started his career as an amateur aquarist - now amateur aquarists are helping to save it.
Lemur Leaf Frog
Like a ghost: The Lemur Leaf Frog walks slowly through the branches of the rainforest. Although his spindly appearance is normal, the frog is not doing well – its species is about to go extinct.
Lake Pátzcuaro Salamander
A salamander that never actually turns into a salamander, but remains an eternal baby. A lake that is being transformed from a nursery to a garbage disposal site. And a monastery that makes cough syrup from salamanders – and saves them. The incredible story of the Lake Pátzcuaro Salamander.
Golden poison frog
One of the most poisonous animals in the world, optimally protected from enemies – and yet its survival is severely threatened. But there is hope: in the terrarium this little frog is harmless and easy to breed.
Demonic Poison Frog
In the lost world: a small frog lives on a mesa in Venezuela - a true rarity among the other brightly colored poison dart frogs, with no close relatives. Gold mining could destroy it soon.
Central European Fire Salamander
Its status was not considered endangered so far. But a suddenly emerged threat now makes us fear for the future of this character species, for which Germany bears a special responsibility.
The Bony-headed Toad lives in undisturbed southeast Asian rainforests. But these are getting scarcer.
It lives in only one lake of less than a quarter of the area of Hamburg's Außenalster. Water pollution is making it increasingly uninhabitable. Its only chance: asylum in aquariums.
Almanzor Fire Salamander
The fire salamander is common in Europe. But not all salamanders are the same. Some species only live within a tiny area, one of them being the Almanzor Fire Salamander. If a disease is introduced, the salamander will be threatened with extinction in no time.
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