Puerto Rican Crested Toads

Learn more about the critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toads. See how animal care staff help breed tadpoles for release in their native habitats. Then learn how to help care for toads who may be found in your backyard like the American toad, by building them homes out of recycled materials.


Celebrating and Saving Wildlife and Wild Places:

The Detroit Zoological Society is part of many Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. SSP programs coordinate the management and conservation of species in zoos and aquariums, ensuring the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse populations. SInce 1995, animal care staff at the National Amphibian Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo have successfully bred and released thousands of Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles throughout different sites in Puerto Rico.


 Take Action:

Our backyards are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including toads. You can build homes for animals, like toads living in your backyard, by reusing recycled and natural materials. Adding a toad house to your yard or garden is a great way to entice insect-eating toads to the area.


Download: Skill Sheet- Toad Abode