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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!

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  • Amphibian Foundation

    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.

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    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!

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  • Captive Propagation

    ‘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.
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Mission: Dedicated to connecting individuals, communities
 & organizations in order to create & implement lasting solutions to the global amphibian extinction crisis.

Critters & Cabernet

Critters & Cabernet debuted at the 2018 Atlanta Science Festival. This is the 21+ version of our popular children's program — Critter Camp.

C & C is a casual learning experience, with wine and reptiles ('what could go wrong?') in series format, so we focus on a specific topic or group of animals each session.

Each Critters and Cabernet session lasts for 2 hours, and includes lessons mixed with live animal demonstrations and handling (if desired). There is, of course, no obligation to hold animals if you do not wish. The sessions occur in our glorious Amphibious AF Meeting Room, or in local wine shops in the Atlanta area, willing to host us.

Instructors are Amphibian Foundation Founders Mark & Crystal Mandica, with occassional guest lecturers.

Critters & Cabernet resumes this March (2019) at the Atlanta Science Festival and then will continue with monthly sessions at the Amphibian Foundation on the first Friday evening of each month (7 - 9 pm).


Critters & Cabernet Calendar

2019
April 5th: Frogs I
May 3rd: Salamanders I
June 7th: Turtles I
July 5th: Lizards I
August 2nd: Snakes I
September 6th: Venomous Snakes of Georgia I
October 4th: Frogs II
November 1st: Salamanders II

December: No C & C (Amphibian Foundation Open House)

2020
January 3rd: Turtles II
February 7th: Lizards II
March 6th: Snakes II
April 3rd: Venomous Snakes of Georgia II