Set up to help secure much-needed funding for amphibian species conservation around the world, the Amphibian Fund supports conservation for this most threatened vertebrate group.
At the first World Congress of Herpetology in 1989 the alarm bell was first sounded for unexplained and dramatic amphibian declines and extinctions taking place around the world. This could have resulted in a shocked scientific world with no follow-up action. However, the late Dr George B. Rabb, after whom the fund is named, had the vision and leadership to turn the alarm bell into a clarion call to mobilise action for amphibian research and conservation.
As a direct result, the amphibian conservation movement started to develop, focused on both understanding the science and the scale of the problem, and then working on conservation solutions.
In May 2017, the Chair of Synchronicity Earth, Adam Sweidan, wrote to George to tell him of his vision to establish an Amphibian Fund, requesting George’s agreement that it be named in his honour. On 16th June, as George’s health was already deteriorating, he responded to Adam saying:
“I … lend my name to this enterprise as you suggest. With deep appreciation of what you are undertaking to do for the conservation of a wonderful class of animals, I thank you again sincerely. George.”