The Frozen Ark Project

The Frozen Ark Project

Charity information

The Frozen Ark Project

Saving the DNA and viable cells of endangered animal species for future generations

Founded 2005

  • Mission statement

    Here is a chance for one person, or a few, to make a dramatic difference to the future of animals.

    Experts have now realised that all kinds of animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate, are suffering the highest rates of extinction since the loss of the dinosaurs, despite the heroic efforts of conservationists. They now believe that about one third of the earth's species will be lost within the next 50 years. The irreversible growth of human populations with the consequent expansion of agriculture, has almost entirely taken over the habitable land on this planet. Over-fishing, pollution and global warming don't help. The response of the Frozen Ark Project is to do a very simple thing: to collect, preserve and store frozen cells from animals threatened with extinction before they disappear.

    Minute cell samples can be taken without pain or damage. Such samples contain the entire specifications of the animal. Once frozen, they can be stored indefinitely at temperatures below -50C. These cells can be used to protect surviving populations endangered by inbreeding. Should an animal go extinct, these samples will save the vital scientific information for our grandchildren. One day they may even be able to resurrect an entire animal from the frozen cells. Without the Frozen Ark Project, no such rescues will be possible; the animals will have gone forever.

  • Aims

    The Frozen Ark Project aims to:

    • To promote the conservation of bio-diversity on the planet for the benefit of the public by: i. collecting and conserving genetic material in the UK, from endangered non-human animals worldwide. ii. supporting the establishment of genome resource banks of endangered animals worldwide. iii. establishing databases to identify where genetic materials are stored and to identify which gene pools are in need of collection and preservation and the time scales involved. iv. Providing a source of genetic materials to combat the loss of genetic diversity in conservation efforts.
  • Overview

    Established: July 2005

    Registered Charity Number: 1118044

    Phone number: 01159513219

    Address: Frozen Ark Project School of Life Sciences University of Nottingham University park Nottingham NG7 2RD

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  • Frozen Ark Project

    We are trying to preserve the cells and DNA from endangered animals so that the informatio... More