Toads Fly Home


Way back in 1999, when a dam was being built in Tanzania, scientists started to notice that the Kihansi Spray Toad’s home was quickly disappearing.

Kihansi spray toad adult newborn
Kihansi spray toad with newborn. Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher, Wildlife Conservation Society

They collected 499 of them and gave them a place to live at the Bronx and Toledo zoos. In 2009, the toad was declared extinct in the wild, and the Tanzanian government decided to initiate a program to bring the toad back to its home and native land. From the colony that was collected over 10 years ago, 100 of the Kihansi Spray Toads were flown to Tanzania and released into the wild. It is hoped that the Kihansi Spray Toad will get a second chance by repopulating itself.

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