A Wyoming toad is now on exhibit!
Despite inhabiting a very small range, in a single county of Wyoming, the Wyoming toad population flourished into the 1970s. In the 1980s, the population crashed due to a number of factors that changed within both the population and their habitat. At one point, as few as seven Wyoming toads were believed to remain, and the species was declared extinct in the wild.
In December 1996, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) approved a Species Survival Plan (SSP) for the Wyoming toad. Several institutions, including the NMRMA, have been involved in trying to save the species, under the direction of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Since joining the program in 2008, the River Museum has bred over 38,000 tadpoles and released them into the wild.
Today, one of those tadpoles, now a fully-grown adult, is on exhibit here at the Museum & Aquarium. Several more will follow in the near future.