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For Dads of Great Distinction – For Toads on the Brink of Extinction
Give Dad the ultimate honor this Father’s Day: name a toad after him! And not just any toad – an endangered Houston toad currently being raised at the Houston Zoo.
Now through Father’s Day, when you donate $50 to our Houston Toad Conservation Program, you can name one of our resident toads. It’s a gift that will TOAD-ally impress Dad, and you can both feel proud knowing you’re helping to preserve one of the most imperiled species in Texas.
Houston toads are available for naming in limited quantities through Sunday, June 16th, so don’t delay! After you make your gift, you will receive an e-mail confirmation and tax receipt with a link to download a printable gift certificate. We are grateful for your interest in our critical conservation program. With your support, these toads will have a brighter future!
Although the Houston toad was named for our great city, this Texas native disappeared from Harris County in the 1960s due to habitat loss and prolonged droughts. There are an estimated 150 – 250 Houston toads left in the wild and they are currently found in Bastrop, Austin, and Colorado Counties.
All may not be lost for our city’s amphibian namesake! The Zoo has been working with state and federal agencies, nongovernmental agencies and Texas State University to return the Houston toad to its historic range. And with your support, these native Texans can be saved!
In 2007, Houston toads were brought to the Zoo for the purpose of head starting. Head starting is the process of rearing the toads in a protected environment during the fragile stages of early life and then releasing them back into the area from which they were collected.
Today, the Houston Toad Conservation Program is still hard at work building up a population at the Zoo to ensure that the toads will not go extinct, as well as releasing toads to help reestablish the wild population.
Learn more about this incredible amphibian and the steps we are taking to protect it.