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5 Species That Made a Comeback in 2012

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A species of monarch flycatcher bird, called the Rarotonga monarch, is recovering, its status improving from endangered to vulnerable. Endemic to the Cook Islands, it’s rare enough that I’ve provided below a photo of a related species. But hopefully this year’s trend will continue and it will be common as can be before long.

A related flycatcher species. (Photo credit: Dunog.)

To finish us off, I’d like to close with a conservation story that is actually happening right now. The Kihansi Spray Toad, extinct in the wild, is now being reintroduced thanks to conservation efforts from members of the IUCN.

(Photo credit: Toledo Zoo.)

The name comes from the unique home of these adorable amphibians. The toads live only in the vegetation soaked by the spray of the Kihansi falls, in Tanzania. A dam upstream reduced the flow, causing the vegetation to dry up. The reintroduction of the toads is the final phase of a long-term plan, which also included installing a sprinkler system to replace the missing freshwater spray of the falls.

There, that’s a somewhat happier environmental note to close a year on. I hope to see more conservation success stories in the year to come.

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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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