Zoo Animals


Wyoming toad

Anaxyrus baxteri

At the Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo’s breeding program for the federally endangered Wyoming toad was No. 1 on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) list of the Top 10 wildlife conservation success stories for 2007.  The annual list recognizes the efforts of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to protect wild animals and, in the Zoo’s case, bring them back from the brink of extinction. Wyoming toads can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center – a leader in amphibian conservation and research – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians.


Its skin is covered in warts and its head has a humped ridge. It comes in various shades of brown, a perfect camouflage against its predators.


Fun Facts

  • The Wyoming toad relies on its prey to move in order to hunt because of its poor eyesight.