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Submission + - Artifical misting system allows reintroduction of extinct toad (mongabay.com) 2

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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Artifical misting system allows reintroduction of extinct toad

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  • I wonder if they could have used resources better saving species that don't need constant human help to survive. Still, glad they aren't extinct.
    • Agreed, except that in this case humans caused this species to go extinct in the wild by building a dam that destroyed their habitat.

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