Thursday, 10 August 2017

Henry Doorly Zoo releases 10,500 endangered Puerto Rican Crested toads back into wild - via Herp Digest

by Chris Peters, World Herald Staff Writer, Jul 20, 2017

Last week the zoo introduced nearly 11,000 critically endangered toads back into the wild in Puerto Rico.

Each year, the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium breeds, hatches, nurtures and reintroduces Puerto Rican crested toads. The zoo is one of 19 American institutions that make up the breeding program for the species.

The zoo began participating in the breeding program in 2004. On July 14, the zoo released about as many tadpoles — 10,500 — as it did in its first 10 years of the program.

Puerto Rican crested toads are native only to Puerto Rico, and can be seen at the zoo’s nocturnal Kingdoms of the Night exhibit.

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