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 Amphibian Foundation works closely with our community, as well as the amphibian communities populating our urban environment. We believe firmly that the more people are engaged with nature and wildlife, the better off we (and our urban habitats) will be. Aside from working directly with partners and land managers to restore habitat for amphibians, and re-introducing species back out onto the landscape where they were once found, we guide people (of all ages) out into area parks and greenspaces to learn about and witness amphibians. We do this through our annual 'Salamander Stroll' during the Atlanta Science Festival, through our joint Atlanta Urban Ecologists program that we offer with other area nonprofits, to our community science initiative the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program (MAAMP) in which we train interested neighbors to monitor the amphibians in their own neighborhoods.
One example of our work is the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) which was once common, but was reduced to only 2 small temporary wetlands in the metro region. We worked with our partners at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in Decatur, GA USA to repopulate the species back into the preserve, where they hadn't been seen in 20 years. The preserve was committed to restoring the habitat and removing invasive plant species which altered the habitat to the point where it was no longer suitable for Spotted Salamanders. Once the invasives were removed, we began a repatriation initiative by introducing eggs and late stage larvae to an artificial ephemeral wetland on the preserve. After several years of introductions, Spotted Salamanders are now detected in every life stage, are reproducing on their own, and appear to be in stable condition!
More recently, the Atlanta History Center has been working hard to restore habitat on their property and built a wetland to support amphibians, such as Spotted Salamanders. Last year, we translocated 30 of our late-stage Ambystoma maculatum larvae from the Amphibian Research and Conservation Center, and will follow those up with more in the upcoming year. With any luck, we will have a similar response and Spotted Salamanders will recolonize the site. If we are successful, we will have doubled the populations of Spotted Salamanders in the metro Atlanta area.