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Old 04-14-2010, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default A Fairy Tale Provides Inspiration for a New Weapon in the Battle Against the Cane Toad

A Fairy Tale Provides Inspiration for a New Weapon in the Battle Against the Cane Toad
by David DeFranza on 04.13.10

A Fairy Tale Provides Inspiration for a New Weapon in the Battle Against the Cane Toad : TreeHugger
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For predators in Australia, the invasive cane toad is a tempting meal. The problem is that these toads are highly toxic—often killing large numbers of naive native species before they have a chance to adapt.

Conservationists there have tried everything from cat-food bait to toad smashing festivals to quell the spread of the cane toad hoards—all with limited success. But there is new hope: Conservationists inspired by an old fairy tale have developed an innovative new process to "teach" species about the dangers of ...
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Default Endangered Quolls Taught to Turn Their Noses Up at Toxic Toad

Endangered Quolls Taught to Turn Their Noses Up at Toxic Toad
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Apr. 13, 2010

Endangered quolls taught to turn their noses up at toxic toad
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Ecologists in Australia have successfully trained a critically endangered marsupial -- the northern quoll -- to turn its nose up at toxic cane toads. Their results, including fascinating behavioural video footage, were published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology and could provide conservationists with a vital new weapon in the fight against invasive species...
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