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Conservation in Action

Endangered Puerto Rican Crested Tadpoles to Be Released Into Wild

tadpole2a0202Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Zoo keepers shipped about 1,000 endangered Puerto Rican crested tadpoles to Puerto Rico, as part of a conservation effort that results in the tadpoles being released into pools located in Guanica State Forest.

Found only in Puerto Rico, these amphibians have rough, warty skin and are olive green in color, with shades of yellow on their heads. As their name implies, they also have a high bony ridge on their heads, which forms a “V” shaped structure.

In 1984, the Puerto Rican crested toad became the first amphibian to be placed in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is designed to help a species maintain a healthy and stable population. For more than 20 years, the Buffalo Zoo, along with 22 other zoos across the country, has been dedicated in working to save the Puerto Rican crested toad, which has become endangered due, in large part, to habitat loss. In recognition of the Reptile Department’s long-standing breeding efforts, the Buffalo Zoo was honored with the AZA’s Edward H. Bean Award in 1985, and was one of 22 zoos to receive the North American Conservation Award in 2004 for the Puerto Rican Crested Toad Species Survival Program Conservation Partnership.

 

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