Watching extinction happen part three: Dark clouds for the Dutch and Belgian fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra terrestris) but also a silver lining.

A few years ago a novel fungal pathogen named Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (described in 2013) almost wiped out the entire Dutch population of fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra terrestris). The wild population was almost decimated with only a few surviving individuals remaining. These few were transferred to captivity. The forty or so remaining salamanders in captivity did quite well and reproduced in 2013, resulting in many larvae. Things were looking up for the captive salamanders and many of the new arrivals were available for adoption. Leer más.