Did You Know?
Magellanic penguins are named after Ferdinand Magellan who first discovered them in 1519.
The Puerto Rican crested toad has textured, pebbled skin with striking marbled golden eyes and a distinctive long, upturned snout. Males are olive green and gold while females are more of a dull brown in color. The skin on females is rougher than that on the males, and they have a high crest above the eye while the crest on males is less defined.
The crested toad is nocturnal and their dispersed population makes it difficult to determine the exact numbers of adults. The toads only come together during mating season. The filling and draining of breeding sites, competition from an introduced toad species and predation from introduced rats and mongoose have all contributed greatly to the decline of this species.
We’ve got 19 crested toads here at PPZ! 8 are male, 7 are female, and 4 are unknown at this time. All of the crested toads are on loan from the government of Puerto Rico, and you can visit them all year in the Bird and Reptile House.