THREATENED TOADS MULTIPLY

The Kihansi spray toads (featured in an earlier issue of TA) which are regarded as a threatened species, and which were taken to the US in 2002 have multiplied from the original 72 to 216 in zoos in New York and Ohio and San Diego. Plans are now being made for them to return to Kihansi and for the possible establishment of a domestic breeding facility there. The government initiated project was assisted by World Bank funding.’ The toads might prove useful in future with the growth of biotechnology, especially in the pharmaceutical industries –Guardian.

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