Zoo Animals


Wyoming toad

Anaxyrus baxteri

At the Detroit Zoo

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. 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. As part of the Wyoming Toad SSP®, the DZS breeds critically endangered Wyoming toads at the NACC. Since 2001, the DZS has released more than 6,500 Wyoming toads into the wild as tadpoles, toadlets and adults. This population is maintained in special bio-secure rooms behind the scenes of the NACC.


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.