They once flourished around a waterfall on the country’s Kihansi River. But a hydroelectric dam project shut off much of the cascade in 2000, eliminating many of the toads. An outbreak of fungal disease rendered them extinct in the wild a few years later.
But there is one place where this fragile species still lives and thrives: the Toledo Zoo. The zoo took in 34 of the toads in 2002 as part of an effort to save them from extinction. Today there are more than 4,000. Zoo specialists are hopeful they can reintroduce the toads to their African homeland.
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