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5 Species That Made a Comeback in 2012

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Several related species of freshwater mussels called pigtoes, found in the Southern United States, have also made a partial recovery. Previously declared extinct, it turns out this species is still hanging on. The tenacity of life is impressive, even though we know there are limits.

(Photo credit: Weitbrech.)

A tree in Tanzania was twice declared extinct, and has re-emerged this year for the second time. Weirdly, Erythrina schliebenii turns out to be a member of the legume family.

I have a soft spot for ancient trees. It’s astounding that just about anywhere in the world, you can seek out woody trunks that have stood in previous historical eras, and more astounding still that we have the audacity at times to cut them down. To think of an entire species of trees disappearing is depressing, and I hope that, in the fullness of time, this one will recover completely.

A Tanzanian forest. (Photo credit: William Warby.)

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Photo credit: Kevin Bell - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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1:24PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

great news

1:01AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

so good to have positive news!

1:35PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Good news?

5:56PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

As a wildlife professional dealing with declining and biologically endangered species, I am so heartened to hear some good news of partial recovery. We have the opportunity to save very few of a species and the amount of effort required to make it happen on a small scale is unbelievable. Thank-you for posting some good news.

2:30PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Thank you for the positve article!

10:16AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Good news.

1:47PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:06PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Love hearing some good news!

10:23AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Thanks for the good news.

11:47PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Lets not jump up and down just yet, for these 5 recovering species we will have at least a hundred that became endangered during this period. We have to continue to be vigilant and do more.

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