Thursday, 14 April 2011

Ark of Life - Stopping Extinction

The Carnivorous Plant Society support the Ark of Life conservation initiative. The Ark of Life was founded by Stewart McPherson in 2010 and formally launched on 1st March 2011.

The first ark is the Rare Nepenthes Collection, which was inaugurated on 7th August, 2010 at the Leiden Botanic garden in partnership with the Hortus botanicus Leiden (represented by Paul Kessler) and the International Carnivorous Plant Society (represented by Marcel van den Broek). 

Nepenthes aristolchiodes - Courtesy of Stewart McPherson
The initial set up costs for establishing Ark of Life and setting up the Rare Nepenthes Collection were provided by the International Carnivorous Plant Society and Redfern Natural History Productions Ltd.

Rare Nepenthes plants were generously donated by The Nepenthes Nursery (Andreas Wistuba) and Borneo Exotics (Robert Cantley), as well as private individuals interested in the conservation of carnivorous plants.

The CPS is delighted to support Ark of Life and to help to expand the initiative to save other carnivorous plant groups, and further plant and animal species!

If you want to find out more about Ark of Life and to support this important conservation initiative visit Ark of Life

Courtesy of Stewart McPherson

About Ark of Life

Ark of Life is a nonprofit organisation set up to save species that are already extinct, or nearly extinct in the wild. By building and organising permanent collections of imperilled plants and animals in partnership with botanic gardens and zoos, we aim to support an ex-situ approach to conservation to prevent extinct species from vanishing altogether. Each collection, or "ark" serves as a resource to preserve the genetic diversity of extinct organisms in cultivation, to ensure that in the future, repopulation of the wild remains viable.