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
The skin of amphibians is very sensitive. You will never see a frog 'drink' — they absorb all they need right through their skin. Therefore, anything we have put into the environment gets absorbed into the amphibians. This makes them particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of chemicals and contaminants in the ground and ground water. Their skin is one of the main factors behind their profound global response to changes in the environment. But there is hope! There are many things that you can do to help amphibians — both in your yard and around the world. Here are some actions you can take. By taking these steps, we hope you can witness the resiliency of amphibians first hand! [Pictured here is an imperiled Gopher Frog from our captive propagation colony]
Turning your yard into an 'amphibian friendly' zone could have quite an impact on your neighborhood amphibian community, particularly in urban areas, where amphibian communities are fragmented by buildings, parking lots and streets. In most cases, making your yard into a habitat for frogs and salamanders takes less work than a perfectly groomed lawn. Our blog has been accumulating resources as we find them for ways to make amphibian habitats, build artificial wetlands and monitor your progress. We have included resources from GA Department of Natural Resources as well.
Take a stand to help save amphibians. Your membership will provide much needed resources for our conservation initiatives, and you'll receive event discounts and updates throughout the year. You can also give the gift of a membership in someone else's name.
Growing evidence supports that outdoor pet cats and feral cats are a leading (or the leading) cause of amphibian declines in the US. Cats kill more amphibians every year than all other causes combined (including habitat destruction, pollution and disease) - literally hundreds of millions of frogs every year in the US die at the hands of domestic and feral cats . Please keep your cat indoors. They are naturally quite predatory and are devastating our amphibian and reptile (including bird) populations. Allowing your cat to remain outdoors will likely undermine other conservation actions you might take to enhance your property for amphibians and other wildlife.
The Amphibian Foundation has partnered with the Environmental Voter Project, a non-partisan organization aimed at educating environmentally-minded voters to get out an vote for the environment! Our amphibians need our voice now more than ever!
Register by clicking the link below and you will be informed of upcoming upportunities to use your voice at the ballot box.
Our logo, as well as designs of many rare and endangered amphibian (and reptile) species are available on our online store. The proceeds go directly to benefit The Amphibian Foundation and our initiatives.