Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo working to save endangered Wyoming toad - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 10:08 pm
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo working to save endangered Wyoming toad

A breeding program in Omaha is trying to keep a toad in a neighboring state from dying out completely.

The Wyoming toad is considered critically endangered. In fact, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals lists the toad as extinct in the wild because it can only be found in only one protected place, a pond in the Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Laramie, Wyo.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is one of eight U.S. zoos that are breeding the toads for release in Wyoming.

The Omaha zoo recently shipped 70 toadlets for release in the refuge. The eggs hatched June 30 in the zoo's Amphibian Conservation Area, a special facility at the zoo for breeding and quarantining frogs, toads, newts and salamanders. It is not open to the public.

The zoo already had sent 2,689 tadpoles and toadlets to be released in Wyoming since the program started in 1995.

The species is endangered because of habitat destruction, drought, widespread spraying of insecticides and the amphibian chytrid fungus.

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Contact the writer: Carol Bicak

carol.bicak@owh.com    |   402-444-1067

Carol writes about community news, local profiles, the arts and books. She also covers the zoo.

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