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Did you know there are more than 6,400 species of frogs and toads? And that you can help them by using recycled paper products? Learn even more about frogs, toads, caecilians, salamanders and newts today! Visit the Reptile and Amphibian House any day, or come out for one of our special leap events this month.

Zoo Sprouts – Fabulous Frogs!

Wednesday, February 21 or Saturday, February 24
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

This program is sure to be filled with leaps and bounds! Hop along with other Sprouts as we spot some of our brightly colored amphibians, try to find the ones that are good at hiding, and then create your very own home fit for a frog!

4 years – 5 years
Set out on an expedition to uncover how some of our animals interact with their environment, and then see if you can act just like them! In this program, 4 to 5-year-old children along with their favorite adults will learn the insides and out of some our Zoo animals. Come interact with the natural world, play together and experience our animals.

Reptile and Amphibian Encounter

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Slither into the world of herpetology with an exclusive look into the Reptile and Amphibian House. Step into the keeper area and hear how they care for these animals. You’ll get up close and have a opportunity to touch some of our scaly ambassadors!

Leap Into Action for Frogs

Two chances to join us to celebrate Frog-uary!

Saturday, February 17 and Saturday, February 24
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
At the Reflection Pond, in front of the Reptile and Amphibian House

Don’t miss out on this event that connects the dots between the animals you visit here and the plight of their species in the wild.

Enjoy family fun activities, plus learn all about these amazing animals and how to help save them in the wild.

All of these activities are included in Zoo admission and free for Zoo members.


How the Houston Zoo Leaps into Action to Save the Houston Toad

The Houston toad (Anaxyrus [Bufo] houstonensis) is only found in areas of deep, sandy soil in east-central Texas and nowhere else in the world. They used to be found in abundance in twelve Texas counties, including Harris County, but the growth of cities, loss of habitat, pollution and drought have reduced their range to a tiny area far from central Houston. In fact, the Houston toad hasn’t been seen in the Houston area since the 1970’s!

While it was once one of the most abundant toads found at ponds in early spring, it is estimated that only to 150 to 300 Houston toads remain in the wild. Now more than ever it is critical that we help this native Texan in need!

The Houston Zoo raised 600,000 Houston toad eggs for release into their native habitat in 2015!

The Houston Zoo has partnered with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas State University, and Texas Parks and Wildlife in an effort to recover the wild Houston toad population. Our goal is to keep this unique amphibian species from being lost to extinction forever!

How the Houston Zoo Helps the Houston Toad:
How You Can Help Wild Houston Toads:

Donate now to help Houston toads:


Video: What is a Houston Toad?