14 Jul '11, 2pm

Scientists discover lost toad in Malaysian jungle

Scientists have rediscovered a spindly-legged toad species almost 90 years after it was last sighted in Malaysia's Borneo jungle, an environmental group said on Thursday. The Sambas Stream Toad, or Borneo Rainbow Toad, was found by a team of scientists after months of scouring remote forest in Sarawak state on Borneo island, Conservation International (CI) said in a release. The endangered toad was last seen in 1924 and was previously known from only three individuals. "It is good to know that nature can surprise us when we are close to giving up hope, especially amidst our planet’s escalating extinction crisis," amphibian specialist Robin Moore of the Virginia-based group said. "Amphibians are at the forefront of this tragedy, so I hope that these unique species serve as flagships for conservation, inspiring pride and hope by Malaysians and people everywhere," he was qu...

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