Traveling Veterinarians Help Reintroduce Kihansi Spray Toads

Traveling Veterinarians Help Reintroduce Kihansi Spray Toads

Traveling veterinarians help reintroduce once extinct in the wild, Kihansi Spray Toads in Tanzania. Veterinarians For the first time ever in the history of our world, in 2012, a special amphibian species was returned to their natural ecosystem after being extinct in the wild. Veterinarians played an important role in the success of the reintroduction of the Kihansi Spray Toads. It just goes to show that while veterinarians are popularly known to take care of cats, dogs and farm animals, they can also help to save an entire species. The job of a zoo veterinarian is to ensure the toads are healthy so that reproduction is successful. Collaboration It is the collaboration of Tanzanian universities, conservationists, scientists, animal keepers, directors and all of zoo administration, that made the success of release of the Kihansi Spray Toads possible. While many may think that this is a good ending to a story, I believe it is only the true beginning. Which is where I will start; at the beginning of a story. What drove these toads to extinction in the wild? Chytridiomycosis In an age when chytrid fungus is killing off the amphibian population at large throughout the world, the kihansi spray toads are only one of at least five-hundred affected amphibian species. Chytrid fungus causes a devastating disease called chytridiomycosis, which appears as infections of skin cells on the pelvis, belly and digits of frogs, toads and salamanders. The condition causes thickened skin, also known as hyperkeratosis, followed by sloughing of the affected skin. The chytrid fungus was not the main cause of extinction in the wild of the kihansi spray toads in 2009. The...
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