Latest News43% of the World's Amphibians are in Decline
According to the IUCN, 43% of the world's amphibians are in catastrophic decline, or already extinct. This percentage is higher than declining mammals and birds combined. Amphibians are disappearing from pristine environments, as well as developed areas. Find out more about how you can help — starting right in your own backyard!
We’re an Atlanta-based nonprofit that leads one-of-a-kind conservation research programs to address threats in the southeastern United States and across the globe. We provide unique educational opportunities for all ages to learn about amphibians and inspire conservation. Established in 2016 by Mark and Crystal Mandica, we collaborate with partners in the fight against amphibian extinction. Join Us! The Amphibian Foundation relies on support in the form of annual and sustaining memberships. Our membership program provides the support needed to continue our conservation programs & gives members opportunities to get further involved! Read More
‘The only hope for populations and species at imminent risk of extinction is the immediate rescue for the establishment and management of captive survival-assurance colonies’ ACAP 2006 Report. Working with state, federal and international partners, the Amphibian Foundation develops novel, species-specific conservation programs, as outlined in the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP 2006). The goals of which are always to experimentally release healthy captive-produced offspring into protected and managed habitat. The ultimate goal is that these species will no longer need our protection and will be safe, once again, in the wild.Read More
One of the most exciting programs we offer are school field trips to the Amphibian Foundation. Classes of any size are welcomed and we can provide a diverse selection of indoor and outdoor programming. Located on the beautiful 30 acre Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Atlanta (Buckhead), with streams, ponds and beaver impacted wetlands, there is a lot of safe exploration which occurs on the grounds. We have a large outdoor amphibian lab with 20 artifical wetlands containing Georgia's most endangered amphibians, and students can witness first-hand, the efforts to conserve these imperiled species.
Indoors, we have a large, beautiful amphibian-themed classroom which can hold up to 50 students at a time. Field trips can be set up for a full day, or a half day, depending on the school needs.
We offer a variety of programs, which can all be customized to your school's individual needs and programming. We would be delighted to discuss with you the best way taylor our lessons to support your school's curriculum.
We offer comprehesive and customizable explorations in:
Animal Structures: Animal features, and how they are studied
Amphibians: Frogs, Salamanders
Reptiles: Turtles, Lizards, Snakes
Amphibian and/or Reptile Conservation
Behind the Scenes Tours of the Research Labs can be arranged for an additional $300 per field trip.