The Loristan newt
(Neurergus kaiseri) and
the Kurdistan newt (N.
microspilotus) are globally two of the most beautiful and endangered
amphibians. Neurergus kaiseri is found only in Islamic Republic of Iran, and N. microspilotus in Iran and in the bordering areas
These species are currently subject to a wide range of research in
respect to their genetics, range, distribution, ecology, conservation status. They are also the target of
broad conservation initiatives in Iran, Iraq, and Internationally.
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The conservation program (see Taxon
Management Program PDF) includes field surveys to assess range, distribution, habitat requirements;
conservation breeding (see CBP page), pathogen assessment (Chydrid page), regional habitat protection (special
protected areas page), and prevention of illicit harvesting (CITES page) both for international and local markets,
general threat assessment, and the rescue and rehabitation of a threatened population at Ghorigala Caves,
paleogeographic studies, population genetics, and the development of reproduction technologies (page)
including gene banking through sperm cryopreservation. A special focus has been placed on community participation
and public awareness in both field work and rehabitation.
See Middle East Chapter - Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Volume 9 (1). IRANIAN ISSUE
A conservation reassessment of the Critically
Endangered, Lorestan newt Neurergus kaiseri (Schmidt 1952) in Iran.
International Chapter - Amphibian and Reptile Conservation www.redlist-arc.org
amphibian research and Conservation Breeding Programs
(CBPs). Robert K
Browne, Katja Wolfram, Gerardo Garcia, Mikhail F
Bagaturov, Zjef JJM Pereboom. Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation 5(3):1-14. PDF
dimorphism in Neurergus kaiseri (Caudata: Salamandridae) in south-western Zagros Mountains,
Farasat, and Somaye
Vaissi. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 6(4):1-8. PDF
Ecology of Kurdistan newt
Salamandridae): Population and conservation with an appraisal of the potential impact of urbanization.
2013. Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Mohsen
Takesh, Akbar Fattahi, Marzieh
Khorshidi, and Robert K Browne. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 6(4):30-35. PDF
New localities of the Kurdistan
microspilotus and Lake Urmia newt Neurergus crocatus (Caudata: Salamandridae) in Iraq. 2013. Al-Sheikhly OF, Nader
IA, Rastegar-Pouyani N, Browne RK. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 6(4):
Conservation Breeding Programs and field programs for Neurergus
kaiseri and N. microspilotus located in Iran are supported by a broad
international consortium of institutions and individuals.
Efforts are underway to incorporate the large numbers
of Neurergus kaiseri founders kept by privates and zoos into an international Conservation Breeding
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following institutions and organisations provide major support for the Neurergus Conservation Program.
Mohammad bin Zayed Species
Conservation Fund http://www.mbzspeciesconservation.org/ a significant philanthropic endowment established
to provide targeted grants to individual species
Iran Department of the Environment, Tehran, Iran.
Iranian Department of Environment is a governmental organization,
under the supervision of the president, that is responsible for matters related to
European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA),
"Year of the Frog" Grant.
http://www.eaza.net/Pages/European%20Association%20of%20Zoos%20and%20Aquaria.aspx Promotes co-operation for furthering wildlife conservation, particularly through
European Endangered Species Programmes
Sedgwick County Zoo, Kansas, USA. www.scz.org Nationally renowned Zoo that is the 18th largest
in the U.S. and is the state's most popular tourist attraction with nearly half a million
Ghent University, Belgium. http://www.ugent.be/en UGent is one of the biggest universities in the Dutch-speaking region of Europe. It
distinguishes itself as socially committed, pluralistic and
||Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran.
http://www.razi.ac.ir/ Founded in 1972 and then it was expanded to a university with the name of razi in 1974. It offers doctorate program, 36 graduate program, 62
Centre for Research and Conservation,
Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, Belgium. http://www.zooresearch.be/?lang=EN
high quality scientific research aimed at supporting the day-to-day work in our
parks and international captive breeding programs, to ensure animal welfare, and the
protection of wild animals and their natural environment.
||Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und
Terrarienkunde e.V - DGHT
(German Society for Herpetology and Amphibian and Reptile
||Nature Iraq http://www.natureiraq.org/site/en/ Nature Iraq was created to protect, restore, and preserve
Iraq’s natural environment and the rich cultural heritage that it nourishes.
||Moassese Khazande Shenasan
Lorestan Mountain Newt (Neurergus kaiseri) Conservation Plan
Since unfamiliarity of local people regarding global importance of this species and
capturing this species to be sold in the market are recognized as the major threats to N.
kaiseri, this project aims to promote participatory conservation of the species and its
For further information
please contact individuals listed in the "Researchers and Herpetoculturalists" page
or: Dr. Robert
Browne, International Coordinator, web page design and publication firstname.lastname@example.org