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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!