The following video is of the captive Houston toad colony at the Houston Zoo, Inc. The Houston Zoo houses ~450 Houston toads (more than exist in the wild!) for breeding purposes, and as “assurance” that if the wild populations crashes that the species will not go extinct.
The following video was taken during a really special event: the release of ~800 adult Houston toads from the Houston Zoo, Inc. Most releases involve eggs or juvenile toads.
The Houston Zoo’s captive assurance colony is help to preserve this unique species by caring for and breeding over 450 Houston toads. The following videos showcase the amazing efforts of the chief “Houston toad vet,” Dr. Lauren Howard, and gives everyone an idea of what it takes to save a species.