Animal species back from the dead

This is video of the ivory-billed woodpecker of the USA.

From the Independent article about the rediscovered Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna:

Back from the dead


Hunting and habitat loss were thought to have killed off this freshwater crocodile in the 1980s, but one was photographed near Thailand’s border with Burma in 2001.


This spectacular bird was thought to have died out in the 1920s because of forest clearances. When it was seen alive in Arkansas in 2004, some ornithologists compared the discovery to finding the dodo.


Scientists noticed a dead squirrel-like rodent on sale at a market in Laos in 2005. It was a relative of the Diatomyidae family, believed extinct for 11 million years.


Zoology student Elizabeth Sinclair rediscovered this Australian marsupial, thought to have died out in the 1870s, when she trapped two specimens while looking for other species near Perth in 1994.

[A severe outbreak of syphilis is threatening Australia’s most endangered marsupial, the Gilbert’s potoroo, a long-term study has found: here]


They were last sighted in 1962, and considered extinct. But in 2000, one turned up in a scientist’s trap in the Austrian Tyrol.


Having existed for at least 360 million years, the coelacanth was thought to have died out 70 million years ago, until a fisherman caught one off South Africa in 1938.

Coelacanth in Zanzibar: here.

And in Indonesia: here.

Siamese crocodile nest survey unearths hope: here.

February 2012. 19 critically endangered baby Siamese crocodiles have been successfully released into a local wetland in Lao PDR, where they will be repatriated into the wild according to The Wildlife Conservation Society: here.

3 thoughts on “Animal species back from the dead


    I found footmarks in the snow
    When I saw them
    I witnessed, for the first time,
    a world ruled by
    small animals, little birds and beasts of the woods
    Take the squirrel, for example –
    his clawmarks came down the old elm tree
    crossed the footpath
    and disappeared into a grove of fir trees
    I saw in them
    not a moment of hesitation, unease, or smart question marks
    Take the fox, too –
    his footprints went on and on,
    straight, down the path along the valley
    on the north side of a village
    The hunger I know
    would never trace a line that straight
    My mind never possessed the nimble, blind, affirmative
    rhythms of those footmarks
    Take, for example, the single bird –
    her footprints cleaner than her voice,
    her nail marks more defined than her life
    her wings carved against the snowy slope
    The fear I know
    would never manifest itself in such a simple pattern
    My mind never moved to such sensual, heathen, and affirmative
    rhythms as her wings

    All of a sudden a gigantic sunset reaches the top of Mt. Asama
    Some presence
    shapes the forest,
    pushes open the valley’s mouth,
    and rips apart the cold air
    I return to a shack
    I start a fire in a stove
    I am
    an invisible tree
    an invisible bird
    an invisible small animal
    I think only of invisible rhythms

    © 1956, Ryuichi Tamura
    © Translation: 2007, Takako Lento

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  2. DNA uncovers nearly extinct Siamese crocodiles in captivity

    Jeremy Hance

    November 15, 2009

    The Critically Endangered Siamese crocodile, once believed to be extinct in the wild, received some uplifting news this week. DNA testing of 69 rescued crocodiles at Phnom Tama Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) in Cambodia found 35 purebred Siamese crocodiles.

    “This could provide a critical lifeline for the long-term preservation of this critically endangered species,” said Mr. Nhek Ratanapech, Director of PTWRC.

    Researchers with Fauna and Flora International (FFI), the Cambodia Forestry Administration, and Wildlife Alliance collected blood and tissue samples from crocodiles at the rescue center in February. They found six adult Siamese crocodiles, which could be important breeding animals, and twenty younger animals that may be able to be returned to the wild.

    The organizations hope to begin captive breeding in early 2010. Offspring would be raised for two years and then released into the wild to bolster current populations.

    In 1992 Siamese crocodiles were declared “effectively extinct in the wild” by the IUCN. Once widespread throughout Southeast Asia, the species suffered decades of poaching and habitat loss until it vanished. However, eight years later, FFI and the Cambodian Forestry Administration rediscovered a population of the crocodiles during a joint expedition within Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains. Together they initiated the Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Program (CCCP).

    Although protected by law in Cambodia, wild Siamese crocodiles are still captured and sold to crocodile farms. In addition, planned dam developments in rivers and habitat loss still threaten the species. Little is known about this species’ behavior in the wild.

    The DNA analysis was made possible with funds from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.


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