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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Toads Released

Endangered captive-born Houston toads have been released into the wild by the Houston, TX, Zoo. (News source.)

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

More on Philippine Crocs

A few more details on the reintroduction of young Philippine crocodiles in a lake on Luzon island. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Philippine Crocs Released

"50 captive-bred Philippine crocodiles (Crocodylus mindorensis) have been released into the wild in Dicatian Lake, Isabela Province, Luzon Island." (News source.)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Chinese Alligator Success

A group of wild-born Chinese alligators from previously captive adults has been discovered on Chongming Island. (News source.)

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Tortoises Reintroduced

123 c.b. Hood Island Galapagos tortoises were reintroduced to the island. (News source.)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gharial Introduction

Plans to reintroduce captive-bred gharials into India's waterways continue... (News source.)

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Monday, September 22, 2008

CB Program Infected Toads

Here's a study on a captive breeding program for the Mallorcan midwife toad that introduced chytrid-infected toads into the wild. The toads themselves were infected through proximity to a cb program for a rare Xenopus species.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Frog Reintroduction Difficulties

Attempts to reintroduce the northern leopard frog into decreasing populations in Alberta have met with problems. Explanations for the general decline are vague, but attempts to bring more frogs in, continue. (News source.)

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Minnesota Sea Turtle Goes Home

A young loggerhead sea turtle anonymously dropped off at the MN Herp. Society several years ago has been raised up at the zoo (among other places) and is now being returned to Florida. (News source.)

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Snapper Conservation

90 juvenile alligator snapping turtles were reintroduced into an Oklahoma river. (News source.)

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Alberta Leopard Frogs

Reintroduction of leopard frog eggs to certain parts of Alberta, is undertaken in hopes of shoring up the declining populations. (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Frog Release

Taronga Zoo (Sydney, Australia) is releasing a number of boorolong frogs (the first bred in a zoo) back into the wild to help boost native population numbers. (News source.)

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Toad Reintroduction

New Mexico officials are planning to reintroduce a rare subspecies of the boreal toad to Rio Arriba County, NM. The last reported sighting in that county was in 1996. Once common, the toads have been decimated by the chytrid fungus. (News source.)

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Womas for Dinner

8 out of 9 womas (an Australian python) that were reintroduced into South Australia last year ended up being eaten by king brown snakes. (News source.)

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Spotted Frog Release

1800 endangered Oregon spotted frogs will be released into British Columbia's Fraser Valley this month. (News source.)

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Pacific Chorus Frogs

The San Francisco Zoo is reintroducing Pacific chorus frogs that it reared from eggs and tadpoles, into the west side of the city. (News source.)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Overcrowded Zoo Gharials

A zoo in Orissa, India, has bred many endangered gharials -- so many, they are overcrowded now. Up until 2000, juveniles were released into the wild, but survival rates were low, so the practice was halted. They are now looking at more effective strategies for reintroduction. (News source.)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Maltese Lizard

Three males of the endemic lizard, Podarcis filofensis kieselbach, were reintroduced to St. Paul's Islands, Malta. Researchers had found more females on the island than males. An ongoing rat erradication program is attempting to eliminate that predator as much as possible. (News source.)

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