Successful Toads at the Zoo

ROYAL OAK, MICH (WXYZ-TV) - They're jumping with excitement at the Detroit Zoo these days.

That's because the Zoo's breeding program for the endangered Wyoming Toad is a smashing success.
As part of a breeding partnership, nearly 4000 tadpoles have been freed into the protected wetland of the Wyoming Laramie Basin.

The toad had been extinct in 1994.
But, now it's being lauded as a top comeback success by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums thanks in large part to the success of the Detroit Zoo.

This little amphibian is a dark brown, gray, or green colored toad with small dark blotches. The females are slightly larger than the males, which are just over 2 inches.

This toad used to be very plentiful in Wyoming's southeastern plains and meadows.
It's unknown how it disappeared from the landscape, but changes to the environment or diseases are thought to have contributed.

You can hop over to the zoo yourself and take a look at these captivating pond dwellers.

The Detroit Zoo is located at Woodward and 10 Mile road in Royal Oak and it's open from 9am-5pm everyday.
In October, that changes to 10am -4pm.
Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for kids. Senior citizens, military and kids under 2 are free.

More information is available at: www.detroitzoo.org

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