Biologists In California Are Bringing Back The Red-Legged Frog | NBC Nightly News

Biologists In California Are Bringing Back The Red-Legged Frog | NBC Nightly News


IF YOU HISLISTEN CLOSELY, YOU COULD HEAR THE SOUND OF A PARTICULAR YOU COULD HEAR THE SOUND OF A PARTICULAR FROG ALMOST TO SOUND OF A PARTICULAR FROG ALMOST TO EXTINCTION. FROG ALMOST TO EXTINCTION. THE EFFORT TO BRING EXTINCTION. THE EFFORT TO BRING THEM BACK. THE EFFORT TO BRING THEM BACK. CALL IT A COMEBACK FOR THEM BACK. CALL IT A COMEBACK FOR THE AGES. CALL IT A COMEBACK FOR THE AGES.>>THIS IS LIKE, HEY, THE AGES.>>THIS IS LIKE, HEY, LET ME GO!>>THIS IS LIKE, HEY, LET ME GO!>>IF YOU LISTEN LET ME GO!>>IF YOU LISTEN CLOSELY — YOU CAN>>IF YOU LISTEN CLOSELY — YOU CAN ACTUALLY HEAR SAN CLOSELY — YOU CAN ACTUALLY HEAR SAN FRANCISCO MAKING ACTUALLY HEAR SAN FRANCISCO MAKING HISTORY IN THESE FRANCISCO MAKING HISTORY IN THESE TANKS. HISTORY IN THESE TANKS.>>THEY MAKE FUN TANKS.>>THEY MAKE FUN NOISES.>>THEY MAKE FUN NOISES.>>THEY’RE BRINGING NOISES.>>THEY’RE BRINGING BACK CALIFORNIA’S>>THEY’RE BRINGING BACK CALIFORNIA’S ICONIC RED LEGGED FROG BACK CALIFORNIA’S ICONIC RED LEGGED FROG BY FIRST BREEDING A ICONIC RED LEGGED FROG BY FIRST BREEDING A NEW GENERATION IN BY FIRST BREEDING A NEW GENERATION IN CAPTIVITY AT THE SAN NEW GENERATION IN CAPTIVITY AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ZOO. CAPTIVITY AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ZOO. IMMORTALIZED IN FRANCISCO ZOO. IMMORTALIZED IN LITERATURE THANKS TO IMMORTALIZED IN LITERATURE THANKS TO AUTHOR MARK TWAIN, LITERATURE THANKS TO AUTHOR MARK TWAIN, THEY WERE BASICALLY AUTHOR MARK TWAIN, THEY WERE BASICALLY WIPED OUT AT YOSEMITE THEY WERE BASICALLY WIPED OUT AT YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. WIPED OUT AT YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK.>>AMPHIBIANS ARE NATIONAL PARK.>>AMPHIBIANS ARE DEFINITELY WHAT WE>>AMPHIBIANS ARE DEFINITELY WHAT WE CONSIDER THE CANARY IN DEFINITELY WHAT WE CONSIDER THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE. CONSIDER THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE. AN ANIMAL IN THE THE COAL MINE. AN ANIMAL IN THE ENVIRONMENT, IF THEY AN ANIMAL IN THE ENVIRONMENT, IF THEY START TO DECLINE, IT ENVIRONMENT, IF THEY START TO DECLINE, IT TELLS YOU SOMETHING START TO DECLINE, IT TELLS YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. TELLS YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT.>>NOW AFTER BEING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT.>>NOW AFTER BEING GONE FOR DECADES, THE>>NOW AFTER BEING GONE FOR DECADES, THE RED LEGGED FROG IS GONE FOR DECADES, THE RED LEGGED FROG IS READY TO GO BACK TO RED LEGGED FROG IS READY TO GO BACK TO YOSEMITE. READY TO GO BACK TO YOSEMITE. FIRST, TRACKING YOSEMITE. FIRST, TRACKING DEVICES PUT IN THEIR FIRST, TRACKING DEVICES PUT IN THEIR SKIN. DEVICES PUT IN THEIR SKIN. THEN FINALLY AFTER A SKIN. THEN FINALLY AFTER A LIFE IN CAPITALIVITY, THEN FINALLY AFTER A LIFE IN CAPITALIVITY, THEY’RE READY FOR LIFE IN CAPITALIVITY, THEY’RE READY FOR THEIR FIRST LEAP INTO THEY’RE READY FOR THEIR FIRST LEAP INTO THE WILD. THEIR FIRST LEAP INTO THE WILD. SOME SWIM DEEP. THE WILD. SOME SWIM DEEP. OTHERS SEEM TO TAKE IT SOME SWIM DEEP. OTHERS SEEM TO TAKE IT ALL IN. OTHERS SEEM TO TAKE IT ALL IN. THIS YEAR’S SNOW MELT ALL IN. THIS YEAR’S SNOW MELT CREATING THE PERFECT THIS YEAR’S SNOW MELT CREATING THE PERFECT STORM. CREATING THE PERFECT STORM.>>WE COULDN’T THINK STORM.>>WE COULDN’T THINK OF A BETTER TIME WITH>>WE COULDN’T THINK OF A BETTER TIME WITH SO MUCH WATER WE HAVE. OF A BETTER TIME WITH SO MUCH WATER WE HAVE. THERE ARE SO MANY SO MUCH WATER WE HAVE. THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES FOR THEM TO GO. THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES FOR THEM TO GO.>>NOW NEW EVIDENCE PLACES FOR THEM TO GO.>>NOW NEW EVIDENCE THIS EXPERIMENT IS>>NOW NEW EVIDENCE THIS EXPERIMENT IS WORKING. THIS EXPERIMENT IS WORKING. BIOLOGISTS ARE FINDING WORKING. BIOLOGISTS ARE FINDING THE FROG’S EGGS, A BIOLOGISTS ARE FINDING THE FROG’S EGGS, A SIGN THEY’RE BREEDING THE FROG’S EGGS, A SIGN THEY’RE BREEDING IN THE FOOT HILLS ONCE SIGN THEY’RE BREEDING IN THE FOOT HILLS ONCE AGAIN. IN THE FOOT HILLS ONCE AGAIN. THIS EXPERIMENT, A AGAIN. THIS EXPERIMENT, A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP THIS EXPERIMENT, A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PARK, THE ZOO UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PARK, THE ZOO AND THE YOSEMITE BETWEEN PARK, THE ZOO AND THE YOSEMITE CONSERVANCY. AND THE YOSEMITE CONSERVANCY. BIOLOGISTS HOPE IT IS CONSERVANCY. BIOLOGISTS HOPE IT IS A MODEL FOR OTHER BIOLOGISTS HOPE IT IS A MODEL FOR OTHER SPECIES. A MODEL FOR OTHER SPECIES.>>YOU WANT TO HAVE SPECIES.>>YOU WANT TO HAVE KIDS INTERACTING WITH>>YOU WANT TO HAVE KIDS INTERACTING WITH NATURE. KIDS INTERACTING WITH NATURE. TO ME, FROGS, TURTLES, NATURE. TO ME, FROGS, TURTLES, FISH, ARE THE BEST WAY TO ME, FROGS, TURTLES, FISH, ARE THE BEST WAY TO DO IT.

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