Two new little endangered toads emerge from the water at the Houston Zoo! Check out these cuties!

We have some super dooper exciting news coming from behind the scenes at the Houston Zoo! For the first time since the 1980’s, we have successfully bred the highly endangered Houston toad in captivity resulting in the existence of two of the cutest little toadlets you are likely to ever lay your eyeballs on.

Due to extreme droughts in 2011 we were unable to head start Houston toad eggs from the wild so efforts are now underway to breed them in captivity. Headstarting is a process by which we remove eggs from the wild, raise the tadpoles at the Zoo, and then release them back at the pond. Because there has not been enough rain, the wild Houston toads have not been able to emerge and migrate to breed and lay eggs.

The Houston toad was the first amphibian ever placed on the endangered species list and is one of our most endangered animals in Texas! Current estimates are that only 200-300 adults may remain in the wild.

We have a captive assurance colony of Houston toads at the Zoo to keep the species from going extinct if conditions get even worse in the wild and efforts to breed these animals started in July.

From a breeding event on July 19th we now have two little captive bred Houston toads that have gone through the tadpole stage in just under three weeks and have popped out all of their legs, developed lungs, and have crawled out of the water.

Their names are Ignacio and Santiago…affectionately so by thier keeper, Aleyda.

Please give the Houston toad and Veterinary Team some congrats on their big success! Hopefully more good news to come as breeding attempts started again this week and we have more eggs! Stay tuned….

Ignacio the tadpoleSantiago the tadpole
 
 
 
Ignacio the tadpole!

 

 

Santiago the toadlet!

 

Ignacio the toadlet! Still has some tail!

 

 

 

 
 


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The Houston Zoo’s veterinary team removed a fishing hook from the throat of a rare wild sea turtle this morning.  This species is called a Kemp’s Ridley; it’s the rarest species of sea turtle and not found in any zoos or aquariums.  The turtle has gone back to Galveston where he will be rehabilitated by our partners at NOAA until he is strong enough to be released back into the Gulf of Mexico.  The sea turtle was reported by a fisherman that accidentally caught him on their line.  You can help us save wild sea turtles spreading this information:  If you accidentally catch a sea turtle while fishing, please call 1-866-TURTLE-5 so a biologist can come out and respond to the turtle, giving it adequate care and attention.

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