The Buffalo Zoo sent hundreds of endangered Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles to Puerto Rico in November as part of a major conservation effort. The tadpoles were later released into sites in southern Puerto Rico, where they will help repopulate the wild population there.
The zoo's actions were part of the "Species Survival Plan," which is designed to help a species maintain a healthy and stable captive population. The Buffalo Zoo, along with other zoos and institutions, is dedicated to working to save the Puerto Rican crested toad.
The Buffalo Zoo's reptile department's long-standing breeding efforts have played a major role in helping to repopulate the species in the wild. Buffalo 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.
The Puerto Rican crested toad is found only in Puerto Rico. The toads are olive green and brown in color, with shades of yellow on their heads and rough, warty skin. They are named for the boney V-shaped ridge on their heads.