Wildlife Wednesdays: Animals That Are Back from the Dead | weatherology°
By: Meteorologist Megan Mulford
Updated: May 22nd 2019

Wildlife Wednesdays: Animals That Are Back from the Dead

A changing climate and the result of human activity has put major stress on the wildlife. Sometimes, it is just too much and some animal species begin to decrease in size, and therefore, are put on the endangered species list. Others have been completely wiped out. This is very sad news, but there has been some good news! Animals that are thought to have been extinct for many years, even decades and centuries, have been showing back up..and not as zombies either! Here are a few:

The Bermuda Cahow was once thought to have been extinct for 330 years! 36 of these birds were rediscovered in 1951 in Bermuda and are on the rise! Up to 18-131 breeding pairs with 71 chicks that fledged successfully!

Horned marsupial frogs were rediscovered in 2018 and live in the jungle of Chocó Forest in South America. Their numbers are successfully on the rise.

The Crested Gecko was last collected around 1827 and was rediscovered in 1994 on the Isle of Pines. 

The Takahe is an indigenous flightless bird from New Zealand that had been missing for almost 50 years. Explorers rediscovered it in Fiordland National Park. Recovery programs have developed refugees for these birds, and in 2008, 30 of them were released into the wild for the first time in 100 years. 


Bermuda Cahow
Bermuda Cahow was rediscovered in 1951. Source: Bermuda Audubon Society
Horned Marsupial Frog
Horned Marsupial Frog was rediscovered in 2018.
Crested Gecko
Crested Gecko was rediscovered in 1994.