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Kihansi spray toads make historic return to Tanzania
Date:8/17/2010

ject in the gorge. A system of sprinklers, replicating the toad's habitat, has been installed in preparation for the species' return. The ultimate goal is to return the toads to their natural habitat within the gorge.

Scientists are still debating the ultimate cause of extinction of this species in the wild, but theorize a combination of habitat change, pesticide exposure, and the emergence of infective chytrid fungus led to their demise. Chytrid is responsible for alarming crashes and extinctions of amphibian species in many parts of the world.

A species unusual among toads females give birth to live, fully-formed young, rather than laying eggs that hatch into free-living tadpoles.


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Contact: John Delaney
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Wildlife Conservation Society
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