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You can help support the Houston Toad Recovery Program year-round by clicking here.
We are grateful for your interest in this 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 namesake amphibian! The Zoo has been working with state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations 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.
Click here to learn more about the Houston Toad Conservation Program.