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The Houston Toad actually doesn’t live in Houston at all, anymore – it resides in Bastrop, Austin, and Colorado Counties, as well as a few others in the area, having disappeared from Houston in the 1960s following extensive drought and urban expansion. The Houston Zoo is proud to partner with the USFWS, TPWD and Texas State University to have a breeding and reintroduction program for the critically endangered Houston toad.
In the spring of 2007, this program began when the only known egg strands laid by Houston toads that year were delivered to the Zoo for “head starting” – a way to start the toad’s life in captivity and release them when they reach a certain maturity. Since then, we have been building a population at the Zoo to be sure that the toads will not go extinct, as well as releasing toads into the wild to build the population there. So far, we have released more than 20,000 toads! We also monitor and survey existing populations of toads in the wild.
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