Amphibian Conservation

The Garden has an active amphibian conservation program, which includes live displays in the atrium of the Fuqua Conservatory.

Join us in the atrium Saturdays at 11:00 am and Sundays at 11:30 am for public feedings and Q&A with Amphibian Specialists.

The mission of the program is to promote the conservation of amphibians through education, research and in situ conservation. For more information, please contact Chelsea Thomas at

The Garden is focused on taking action against amphibian declines while promoting education and research both at home and abroad. For many amphibians, time is of the essence!

Give to Amphibians

Atlanta Botanical Garden frogPOD

More than a third of all known amphibians are threatened with extinction, and breeding frogs in conservation collections is an important tool for preserving them. The Garden’s frogPOD is a state of the art laboratory that opened in 2008.

Read the latest news about amphibian conservation at the Garden:

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Amphibians on Display

The lobby of the Fuqua Conservatory is home to several naturalistic displays of frogs from different regions of Central and South America. Drop by the Fuqua Conservatory lobby to watch the conservation team tend to the rare and endangered amphibians on display at the Garden.

Drop by Saturdays at 11 a.m. for Frog Feedings

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Gopher Frog Head Start Program

The Gopher Frog Head Start Program is aimed at renewing the declining population of the native Gopher Frog (Rana capito). The Atlanta Botanical Garden has been releasing Gopher Frogs onto a protected Nature Conservancy site since 2007. Since the beginning of this project, over 2,000 young Gopher Frogs have been released. Beginning in 2012, Garden staff hope to begin monitoring the site with collaborators to determine if any of these frogs are returning to breed. During the Spring and Summer months, developing Gopher Frog tadpoles can be viewed in the Fuqua Orchid Center.

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Help the Amphibians

Frogs are in trouble! More than one-third of the world's amphibian species are considered threatened or endangered. For decades, scientists have studied the disappearance of amphibians and have discovered some of the possible causes including global climate change, habitat loss and pollution. Recently, an emerging infectious disease known as the amphibian chytrid fungus has been shown to wipe out massive numbers of amphibans from pristine natural locations in many places around the world. This disease is currently unstoppable in the wild, but treatable in captivity.

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Amphibian Research

The Garden Conservation team has had significant results from work with Panamanian frogs.

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Sounds of the Radiant Rainforest

Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience the Fuqua Conservatory sights – and sounds – at night. During Garden Lights Holiday Nights, the glass house becomes an entirely different place at night, when the cast of characters changes. Listen closely as the frogs call out to you!

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