Frozen Ark

The Frozen Ark is a charitable frozen zoo project created jointly by the Zoological Society of London, the Natural History Museum and University of Nottingham.[1][2] The project aims to preserve the DNA and living cells of endangered species to retain the genetic knowledge for the future. The Frozen Ark collects and stores samples taken from animals in zoos and those threatened with extinction in the wild. Its current director is Michael W. Bruford (Cardiff University). The Frozen Ark was a finalist for the Saatchi & Saatchi Award for World Changing Ideas in 2006.[3]

The project was founded by Ann Clarke, her husband Bryan Clarke and Dame Anne McLaren.[4][5] Since Bryan Clarke′s death in 2014, the Frozen Ark′s interim director has been Mike Bruford.[6]


  1. ^ Kettlewell, Julianna (27 July 2004). "'Frozen Ark' to save animal DNA". BBC News. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  2. ^ Johnstone, Helen (27 July 2004). "Endangered species gain a place on Frozen Ark". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Frozen Ark could change the World". 23 Jan 2006. Archived from the original on 10 October 2006. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Ann Clarke on The Frozen Ark". The Life Scientific. BBC Radio 4. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  5. ^ "People". The Frozen Ark. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  6. ^ The Frozen Ark: About — Mike Bruford. Retrieved 30 January 2021.

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