Frogs Fly Home: Repatriating Two Extirpated Species After 14 Years in Quarantine

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Manuel's Tavern

602 N. Highland Ave NE · Atlanta, GA

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We'll be in the Back Dining Room, immediately to your right as you enter Manuel's from N. Highland Avenue.

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- This event is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern.
- It is free and open to the public.
- Seating is on a first-come basis.
- RSVPs are not required to attend nor do they reserve seats.
- Doors open at 6:00 pm for early arrival.
- Gather for dinner by 7:00.
- The evening's presentation gets under way around 7:45.
Frogs Fly Home: Repatriating Two Extirpated Species After 14 Years in Quarantine

Chelsea Thomas, Amphibian Program Coordinator
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Over a decade after wild-caught founder animals were removed from the wilds of Panama to protect them from deadly Bd fungus, the Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG) and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) worked together to bring two extirpated species back to Panama. Chelsea Thomas, ABG Amphibian Program Coordinator, will discuss the various challenges of assuring their health before, during, and after travelling with them, as well as the plans to release their offspring back into the wild. Discussion will conclude with broader messages about what we can all do to protect amphibians and local ecosystems.

About our speaker
Chelsea Thomas is the Amphibian Program Coordinator at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Her proudest accomplishment to date is returning two extirpated species of frogs to their native country of Panama. She flew with the frogs to personally oversee their transfer, installation, and continuity of records. Her other work includes providing environmental education programs and keeping reptiles and amphibians for research, display, and education. Outside of work, she breeds many species of invertebrates and promotes edible insects as a sustainable food source.