All successful conservation programs include a strong educational component. The focus of education may be directed at certain groups (landowners, legislators, recreationists) but the most significant are aimed at a broad segment of society. Nowhere is this more true than in the conservation of amphibians and reptiles, where generations of prejudice, unwarranted fears, and confusing information all become major barriers that must be overcome. Despite impediments, amphibian and reptile conservation is proceeding well in some areas thanks, in part, to successful education.
For example, understanding the importance of American alligators to their entire ecosystem has led to effective conservation programs. Such recognition occurs only with a broad based and accurate flow of information. Educational programs about herps and the ecosystems they depend upon must continue if we are to maintain the diversity of amphibians and reptiles throughout the world.