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Artificial Misting System Allows Reintroduction of Extinct Toad 121

terrancem writes "The Kihansi Spray Toad went extinct in the wild in 2005 when its habitat in Tanzania was destroyed by a dam. However conservationists at the Bronx Zoo managed to maintain a captive population which is now large enough to allow a bold experiment to move forward: reintroducing the toad into its old habitat. To make the once tropical gorge moist again, engineers have designed an artificial misting system that should allow toads to survive in the wild. The effort marks what may be the first time conservationists have ever re-established an 'extinct' species in a human-engineered ecosystem."
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Artificial Misting System Allows Reintroduction of Extinct Toad

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  • Re:Extinct? (Score:5, Informative)

    by davmoo ( 63521 ) on Friday November 02, 2012 @07:29AM (#41851435)

    The editors are correct. It very clearly says "extinct in the wild". "In the wild" does not include "in captivity".

  • Re:Extinct? (Score:4, Informative)

    by dywolf ( 2673597 ) on Friday November 02, 2012 @08:25AM (#41851699)

    And the call foul on the editors! The summary says right there "extinct in the wild"

    Extinct in the wild is a valid classification, used when biologists are unable to confirm a types existence in...the wild..., or when they are only able to find 1 or 2 specimens, which is also sometimes called "functionally extinct". such as the last of one of the giant tortoise subspecies that died recently, that was the sole remaining member known, and male, and as such totally unable to breed and continue the (sub)species.

    So you are very very -NOT- insightful.

  • Re:Extinct? (Score:2, Informative)

    by CastrTroy ( 595695 ) on Friday November 02, 2012 @10:47AM (#41852989) Homepage
    Unfortunately, shortening the headline and changing the meaning is not a good practice. See the two following headlines.

    Residents of New York Still Without Power

    Residents of New York Still Without Power Gloves

    See how I didn't change the meaning at all by chopping off the end of that headline.

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