Bastrop and a few other Texas counties
Status in the Wild
Location in the Zoo
Naturally Wild Swap Shop
Cool Animal Fact
The zoo maintains a 1,200 square foot Houston toad quarantine facility that serves as a location for the captive breeding and head starting of wild Houston toad egg strands for release into the wild. This facility is managed by two full-time Houston toad specialists who care for the toads and work closely with the program partners in the breed-and-release efforts.
How We Are Helping to Save Them
- In 2020, 899,700 Houston toad eggs were released into the wild. This program is saving this rare Texas toad from extinction.
- As of April 2018, a minimum of 13 wild egg strands were found in one pond alone.
- For the first time in many years, large multi-male choruses have been heard within the Houston toads’ range.
How You Can Help
Take the family and visit Bastrop State park, the only remaining state-protected area where Houston toads can still be found! A portion of your entrance fees goes towards the park’s conservation efforts and habitat recovery.
Donate today and help Houston toads!