Hello! welcome to my personal website, which is focused on my activities, my scientific and popular papers and on the vision I have for an active conservation regarding mainly amphibians and reptiles.
My interest in/for animals and zoological fields, notably amphibians and reptiles, dates back much time ago, when I was still a kid, much earlier than I can (now) remember. So far, I always felt a real fascination for cold-blooded animals.
I was fascinated by a world of nature and by accompanying my father when he went fishing, Then, as it often happens for many zoologists, I soon developed an interest in keeping captive animals, especially fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. Although this "zoo-keeper" orientation accompanied me for many years, I consider it more a sort of "early phase" of a general interest for animals, a real zoophilia (sensu E. O. Wilson).
In fact, this attitude was soon replaced by a deeper and genuine interest in wild animals, their biology and in conservation of natural habitats. Although I still appreciate the studies, the efforts and the results obtained by serious terrarium-keepers, and I often use my experience in this field to take for a while captive animals, I believe that it is far better to avoid capturing animals and taking them in captivity, unless for really justified (scientific and/or conservation) reasons.
Currently, my interest is much more oriented on conservation biology, in particular of amphibians. The clear evidence that a considerably part of frogs, toads, tree frogs, newts, salamanders, and caecilians is under threat, led me to consider extremely important and crucial to devote part of my activities, energies (and life) to achieve their conservation. Moreover, I have always perceived the fact that the habitat degradation and human actions have negative impacts on many amphibian species and populations, and their ecosystems.
In the last 24 years I spent much of my time in studying the astonishing frogs of Madagascar, a country that is extraordinarily rich in amphibian species (more than 290 currently known, and many other candidate species), but that is also also dramatically fragile and delicate. In all these years I visited many of the country rainforests, savannahs and deserts, searching for herps and for documenting their status. Strangely (surprisingly!!) enough, we did not detect (yet?) any extinct Malagasy frog, although this perception may be misleading: the high number of species still to be described clearly advocates for the former existence (and probable extinction) of unknown species.
For this, my first objective is to build an action plan that could be used by Malagasy authorities to conserve their unique herpetofauna. This is my goal, and I hope to be not only a dream, but a real opportunity.
At the same time, I am also extremely fascinated by the interactions between the natural world and the humans. Studying nature within a wonderful country like Madagascar led me to consider useless any conservation action that is separate from an approach to human development.
Feel free to contact me at: franco.andreone[at]gmail.com and franco.andreone[at]regione.piemonte.it
Stay tuned for updates!
- Some updates on the ACSAM Initiative, and the interview for Mongabay!! Go here!!
- www.sahonagasy.org online, and it is avaible also a connection to the recently launched HerpetoGasy BioBlitz.