Over the next thirty years it is predicted that more than 1000 species of mammals, a quarter of the world's total, and a similar proportion of birds, amphibians and marine animals (both invertebrates and vertebrates) will go extinct. Thousands of invertebrate species have already disappeared after the destruction of their habitats.
The Frozen Ark Project is a strategy to conserve the genetic resources of the world's endangered species. It is the animal equivalent of the the ‘Millennium Seed Bank’ created by Kew Gardens to conserve the seeds of the world’s plants.
The Ark’s consortium is a network of research and conservation bodies, including zoos, aquaria, natural history museums and research laboratories around the world. The charity’s office and laboratory is based within the University of Nottingham.