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The Parosphromenus 

Project  Newsletter

    Juli 2018

Rediscovery of the sapphire from Bangka, Parosphromenus deissneri

In this Newsletter we are happy and proud to be able to present on our homepage a new article, written by Wentian Shi, - about his travels to Bangka Island, in the search for P. deissneri. This article, the describtions of the difficulties and the sad prospects for the future highlights why our work in PP is important and nessesary. I would like to introduce the article with the words of Mr. Shi :
“In the past 2 years I have visited Bangka four times. With the help of my Teammates and many other aquarists from East and West we successfully rediscovered P. deissneri and witnessed the dramatic environmental degradation happened on this Island.
Because of the oil-palm and mining all traditional distribution areas of this species has been destroyed. For such a small island the loss of one habitat might mean the loss of one species forever.
What can we Paro-friends do to prevent such a tragedy?
Besides the in-tank breeding project, is there any possibilities to protect its habitats in-situ?
 Last but not least we must recognize that not only deissneri’s habitat is in danger, most of the paro-species are under similar threatens. Oil-palm plantation happens not only in Bangka, but all over the whole south-east Asia.”

Please find the whole article here.        

Census for April 2018

has now been uploaded, please find it at
The participation this time was unfortunately very low, - actually
critically low. Because of the small data amount it has not been possible this time to draw any conclusions, so we will make no stats for this time.
The Census is our most important means of knowing how species in captivity is ‘doing’, - so we became very concerned and are thinking about what can we do to make more people report.
If we do not  get reports of the species which is kept, then we might not realise in time that one species isnt there anymore, and will not be able to act in time.

So any ideas of how to improve it is welcome .
See this special newsletter about why its important with Census

A good development :

We are happy to welcome Chester Zoo, the Aquarium department, as a cooperation partner with The Parosphromenus Project. We have for a few years had very good contact with Andrea Swatmann (Aquarium Team Manager) and Steven Chester (also Aquarium department) who told us about their impressing Island Project, which relates to the situation in the same areas as Paros live. Paros (P.linkei) has from beginning had a small place in one of the exhibitions tanks in this project – and with success.
Chester Zoo has now said that they are ready to keep more species, with the specific aim of keeping and breeding and this way supporting our work at PP.
With the help of good paro friends in UK, John and Russ, - it is the plan that Chester Zoo will soon recieve a small group of P. rubrimontis ‘Bukit Merah’, a species which is very threathened, their original locality already having been severly damaged.

We are grateful for this contribution and look forward to the cooperation in the future.

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