The nations of South and Central America and the Caribbean are among the most biodiverse regions on Earth, with landscapes ranging from tropical rainforests to arid deserts and snow-capped mountains. The region’s irreplaceable ecosystems provide a wealth of free services and resources for people across the continent. However, its immense biodiversity is under threat from habitat loss and degradation, invasive species, pollution, over-exploitation and climate change.
Our work in Latin America and the Caribbean focuses on building on-the-ground capacity to secure the future of some of the region’s most unique and threatened species, including the pygmy sloth in Panama and the mountain chicken.
Identifying species most at risk
Pygmy three-toed sloth conservation
A team of conservationists from ZSL are surveying these sloths to build the first picture of how these little-known animals are faring in their natural habitat.
Mountain chicken frog conservation
Creating routes to recovery through cutting-edge scientific research and breeding at London Zoo.
Could the Darwin’s Frog offer hope in the race to tackle deadly amphibian fungal disease?
Learn more about a new study that led to surprising - and hopeful - findings about the Darwin's frog.
Largest library of bat sounds compiled
The largest library of bat sounds has been compiled to identify bats from their calls in Mexico – the place with highest rates of species extinction and habitat loss.