Smithsonian Institution

Holtzman Wildlife Foundation has granted $50,000 to the Smithsonian Institution for the construction of an insectarium at the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.

Amphibians In Need

The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project seeks to rescue and establish assurance colonies of amphibian species that are in extreme danger of extinction throughout Panama. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival focuses efforts and expertise on developing methodologies to reduce the impact of the amphibian chytrid fungus (called Bd) so that one day, captive amphibians may be reintroduced to the wild.

Feeding Endangered Amphibians

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo manages a major research facility in Panama to protect hundreds of endangered amphibians. Their grant from Holtzman Wildlife Foundation will support the construction of an insectarium; a facility that will grow insects to feed the thousands of amphibians at the research center.