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    Protecting Amphibians and Their Habitats

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Amphibian Week is June 1-7! Celebrate amphibians with us — they need your help!

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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.

Scientific Illustration

Many of our views of science and nature are influenced entirely by the work of scientific illustrators. When you think of Tyrannosaurus rex, for example (which, obviously no one has seen), our perception of what the animal looks like is shaped by science illustrators working closely with paleontologists to be as accurate as possible, based on the best available data. As more evidence is revealed, our perceptions change, and depictions of T. rex are more accurate today then they were when the species was first discovered in 1905.

Ribbit Exhibits

Ribbit Exhibit 2016
Gallery: Kavarna, Decatur GA

Illustrators: Henry Adams, Kelsey Jordan, Sarah Horsley, Anna Cusack and Mark Mandica. Photographer: Tess Yaney
Ribbit Exhibit 2017
Gallery: Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Atlanta GA

Illustrators: Henry Adams, Justyne Lobello and Mark Mandica
Photographers: Tess Yaney, Gabe Andrle, Greg Brashear

Nevertheless, scientific illustation programs are increasing difficult to find. Our program works with the artist's goals for development and specialize in pen and ink as well as digital renderings using Adobe® PhotoShop® and Illustrator® on Apple® as well as Procreate® on iPad®. Interns can develop skills in specimen preparation as well working with dermestid (flesh-eating) beetle larvae to prepare skeletal specimens, fluid preservation in formalin and ethanol. Proper preparation of specimens to draw from is paramount to creating compelling graphical representations.

Featured Illustrators

Golden Poison Frog
Illustrator: Kelsey Jordan
Species: Phyllobates terribilis
Series: Parental Care in Amphibians
Darwin's Frog
Illustrator: Kelsey Jordan
Species: Rhinoderma darwinii
Series: Parental Care in Amphibians
Black-eyed Leaf Frog
Illustrator: Henry Adams
Species: Agalychnis moreletii
Series: Digitally Enhanced Watercolors
Crowned Tree Frog
Illustrator: Henry Adams
Species: Anotheca spinosa
Series: Digitally Enhanced Watercolors
Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Tree Frog
Illustrator: Henry Adams
Species: Ecnomiohyla rabborum
Series: Digitally Enhanced Watercolors
SHorsley Furcifer Skull
Illustrator: Sarah Horsley
Species: Furcifer oustaletti
Series: Digitally Skeletal Anatomy of Chameleon

The Amphibian Foundation also leads educational and outreach programs focused on Scientific Illustration. Each semester at Georgia Tech, we instruct students in illustrating the anatomy and morphology of reptiles and amphibians in Lane Duncan's incredible Drawing on Nature class. We also give illustration workshops in the community. These have typically been events during the Atlanta Science Festival and hosted at Kavarna in Decatur, GA.

Illustration Workshops

Specimen Preparation
Alcoholic Specimens and Skeletons