The Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri) was a common sight on areas of the Laramie Plains, Albany County, Wyoming, into the early 1970s but the populations crashed in the middle 1970s. More Reintroduction Projects. 1993 Protocol for Wyoming Toad Reintroduction Using Sybille Wildlife Research Unit and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Captive Animals The Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri) captive breeding program is a cooperative endeavor between the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Wyoming toad was listed as endangered by the U.S. In 2012, a study was conducted using soft releases for reintroduction of Wyoming Toads at Mortenson Lake. Tadpoles were protected using mesh cages and toadlets were protected using small corrals. That population became the foundation for a captive breeding program in nine zoological and governmental facilities, producing tadpoles and toadlets for reintroduction to the wild. Specifically it will contribute to the critical need of monitoring wild and reintroduced toads and determining factors contributing to their survival, including the roles of chytrid fungus, genetics, behavior, and habitat suitability. The toad population at Sybille is believed to consist of 1.1 toads … The Wyoming toad appeared in the Laramie Basin and speciated roughly 10,000 years ago after it was cut off from its original parental stock – the Canadian toad (B. hemiophrys) – at the close of the Pleistocene. Since the beginning of this study, the number of Wyoming Toads found at Mortenson Lake has greatly increased. There are currently over 600 Wyoming Toads at the ten Wyoming Toad breeding … Wyoming toad includes approximately 200 animals in the captive breeding program and as few as 62 toads surviving at reintroduction sites in the Laramie Basin based upon fall 2000 survey data (after releases of more than 10,000 toads and tadpoles since 1995).
To learn about other reintroduction projects AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are studying, developing, or conducting, explore the Conservation and Research Database. Currently, the ranges of the two species are about 500 miles apart. Fish & Wildlife Service www.fws.gov in January 1984. This toad is a glacial relict known only from Albany County, Wyoming. Wyoming Toad: The Wyoming toad was officially classified as Extinct in the Wild in 1994, ... Visit the USFWS Endangered Species Program to view a video about the Wyoming toad. In 1994, Wyoming toads were extinct in the wild, and only one captive population remained. Research and Monitoring of Wyoming Toad Reintroductions: This agreement would assist with recovery of the Wyoming toad. The Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri) also called the Baxter’s toad, an amphibian that was all but extinct in Wyoming, has made a remarkable comeback thanks to breeding and reintroduction efforts in the wild.The amphibian was thought to have gone extinct in the 1970s, until in the early 1980s, fishermen on Wyoming’s Mortenson Lake found 10 specimens at a private club on the lake.