The same afternoon, a group of almost 40 students participated in the release of Puerto Rican crested toad
The recovery program for the Puerto Rican crested toad (Peltophryne lemur) is an example of one such program, and it exemplifies how zoos and aquariums can directly contribute to amphibian conservation and become effective partners with local and regional agencies.
In 2004, the Puerto Rican crested toad was also listed by the IUCN (World Conservation Union) as a critically endangered species.
The Puerto Rican Crested Toad Species Survival Plan (SSP), the first amphibian SSP created by the AZA, has been active for more than 25 years.
Involvement and commitment from local universities, zoos, private individuals and government agencies are vital to the recovery of the Puerto Rican crested toad and other threatened and endangered amphibians.
To learn more about the Puerto Rican crested toad program, go to www.
Population and Habitat Viability Analysis for the Puerto Rican Crested Toad.
Recovery Plan for the Puerto Rican Crested Toad (Peltophryne lemur).
At present there are SSPs for the following North American species; Attwater's prairie chicken, black-footed ferret, California condor, Guam rail, jaguar, Mexican wolf, Micronesian kingfisher, Puerto Rican crested toad, red wolf, thick-billed parrot, Virgin Island boa and Wyoming toad.
The Puerto Rican crested toad (Peltophryne lemur), once endemic to Puerto Rico and the nearby island of Virgin Gorda, is now only found on Puerto Rico where it occurs in two separate populations.
Bob Johnson is the AZA Puerto Rican Crested Toad SSP Species Coordinator at the Toronto Zoo in Ontario, Canada.
Then lands for desert horned lizards, Puerto Rican crested toads
, and Connecticut rattlers.