It is with heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing of Marcy Sieggreen, very good friend of CONAPAC and Explorama Lodges and Curator of Amphibians for the Detroit Zoological Society. Marcy died at the end of July from cancer.

This incredible woman was always a bright light when she arrived in Peru to do her frog research around ExplorNapo Lodge. With her guide Luis Mayanchi, she never missed an opportunity to go searching for frogs--any time day or night. In 2012 she joined the Adopt-A-School volunteers in delivering school supplies. Along the way, Marcy organized the Amazon Amphibian Protectors Club at the high school in Llachapa. The students monitored their village for frogs, made drawings, and collected information about the frogs they found. This project brought the rainforest into the classroom, raised awareness in the community, and provided research data. Read more in this 2013 article at

Since 2010 Marcy led the Detroit Zoological Society’s involvement in an assessment of amphibian populations in the Peruvian Amazon. The project includes field surveys to document species living in sites along the Amazon and Napo rivers and testing for the presence of the chytrid fungus, which causes an amphibian disease that is decimating populations throughout South America and other parts of the world.

Marcy led the DZS’s captive breeding efforts for many endangered amphibian species, helping to restore populations in the wild. She served on the board of the International Amphibian Survival Alliance and on several Association of Zoos and Aquariums committees. She led the Amazonian component of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Amphibian Red List Assessment.

Marcy was working toward a Ph.D. in Environmental Science through Antioch University. She previously had earned a master’s degree in Biological Science from Wayne State University and bachelor’s degrees in Earth Science and Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems / Geography from Eastern Michigan University.

“Marcy was an extraordinary individual whose passion for amphibians and their conservation was unmatched. Not only did she lead our extensive amphibian work for nearly a decade, but she emerged as a major national and international leader in amphibian conservation.”
--Ron Kagan, Executive Director, Detroit Zoological Society
To honor Marcy, we are implementing a small book drive. Specifically, we’d like to provide each of our 55 partner communities with two special resource books about rainforest animals that will be placed in the school libraries. The books La Selva Tropical (Tropical Rainorest) and Ranas Fantásticas (Fantastic Frogs), which are in the Scholastic Explore Your World series, are loaded with high quality photos and accompanied by simple text—and are available in Spanish for our students.
Tropical Rainforest
Fantastic Frogs
We are asking for $15.00 to cover the cost of the two books. Volunteers for the 2017 Adopt-A-School deliveries will carry them downriver to all 55 communities. A special label inside each will note that the book is in memory of Marcy.

If you’re interested, please donate for one (or more) pairs of books to the Detroit Zoological Society, with your check or credit card. As always, the Detroit Zoo does not take administrative fees from CONAPAC donors.


Adopt-A-School Volunteer Expeditions 2017
Follow the link to see the 2017 AAS volunteer booklet. The volunteer weeks are March 25-April 2 and April 1-9. If you would like to add your name to our list of interested volunteers, please do so by contacting Claire Lannoye-Hall at the Detroit Zoo.
Thanks for your help!

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CONAPAC is a Peruvian non-profit organization whose mission is to promote conservation of the rainforest through education of its stewards, the people who live along the Amazon and Napo Rivers. Our centerpiece project is the Adopt-A-School program, which is strengthened by workshops and complemented by service and sustainable projects in river communities.