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|Dr. Chris Hanley's Involvement With The Kihansi Spray Toad Release|
Spray Toads Finally Home
An international, multi-institutional effort recently led to the return of the Kihansi spray toad to their home range. It was the culmination of over a decade of work, starting when the last 500 toads were brought into the U.S., representing the last chance for the species.
One of the veterinarians involved in the program was Dr. Chris Hanley. He was fortunate enough to be in Tanzania when the first 2,000 toads were returned to the Kihansi Gorge. "It was an amazing opportunity to play even a small role in this massive conservation undertaking that has culminated in the re-introduction of a species to their home range,” according to Chris.
A true collaboration between institutions; curators, animal care staff, veterinarians, pathologists, researchers, and technicians worked tirelessly to ensure the health of the toads while trying to unlock the secrets of this animal’s reproductive success. Chris reports "with adult toads weighing 3-4 grams, you definitely have to get creative with diagnostics and treatments.”
The above photo is a Kihansi Spray toad. Then Chris and colleague, Ezekial Goboro examining the toads after their arrival in the Gorge just before their release. Both photos were taken by Andrew Odum.
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