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Rescue missions underway to save Haiti's species from mass extinctions
Date:11/16/2010

p of a mountain that we might never get to again anytime soon, and we feared that this could be the last chance for the survival of this species, so we decided to at least try to breed them in captivity." He points out that, despite their limited habitat, these small animals occur in sufficient numbers to be unaffected by collecting efforts of the rescue team. Hedges now is looking for more zoos with the capability and willingness to host captive-breeding programs for endangered Haitian species, including reptiles, which he hopes to rescue during future expeditions.

"Haiti has suffered a terrible earthquake and it is enduring a cholera outbreak and so many other environmental and human disasters. And now it is clear that Haiti also is suffering the beginning of a mass-extinction event that likely will affect many more species in addition to its frogs," Hedges said. "I would like to have hope that the destruction is going to stop and the forests are going to come back, but I have fears about what will happen to the animals and the people of Haiti unless something major is done very soon to resolve the life-threatening problems there."


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Contact: Barbara Kennedy
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Penn State
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