Not Dead Animals – Weekly Recap

A quick wrap-up of the animals discovered not to be extinct this week:

Armoured mistfrog

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This Armoured Mistfrog, thought by many experts to be extinct due to the recent amphibian chytrid fungus epidemic, was rediscovered by my boss, enterprise search god, Chris Cleveland, while he should have been working, on CNN. And more specifically, in a remote tropical area in northern Australia.

Tadpole Shrimp

Heavy rains in Scotland have created perfect conditions for the reemergence of the tadpole shrimp, thought extinct in the UK until recently. The little critter resembles a tiny horseshoe crab and lays eggs which can lie dormant in dry pools for decades, making this discovery maybe not so unexpected. Also called triops, these crustaceans are most notable for appearing in this awesome YouTube video.

Okapi (not wiped out by civil war)


While hoof prints and dung have been identified in the past, okapi in the wild have never been caught on film. Well the Zoological Society of London has finally done so, proving that the okapi does not actually possess the power of invisibility, the ZSL’s previous working hypothesis. This close relative of the giraffe is a frequent target of poachers and publicity hungry ZSL cameramen.

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Thanks to JP Berkery for cluing us into this last one.


  1. #1 synapse
    September 11, 2008

    Um, I saw a pair of okapis in the San Diego zoo a few years back, so they were known to not be all that extinct. Or, I guess, all that elusive. Is the news here only that they were filmed in the wild?

  2. #2 Andrew
    September 11, 2008


  3. #3 Pat
    September 12, 2008

    I adored the Triops video. The music really made the video. And, I apparently like to watch the little critters do their thing. Thanks for sharing. The narration was a hoot, loved it all.


  4. #4 Melissa G
    September 12, 2008

    The okapi might just be my favorite animal ever! I’m so glad there are still wild ones out there!!!

  5. #5 brianna
    September 13, 2008

    okapi is unknown for me . I am so much glad to see the pictures of it but i want to know more about it.



    A.H. Infosource

  6. #6 Jim Thomerson
    September 14, 2008

    I have seen Triops in temporary waters in Texas and in Venezuela. I would guess, not having checked, that they are present on all continents except Antarctica.

  7. #7 Homie Bear
    September 15, 2008

    I’m cheering for the golden toad (Bufo periglenes) to make the list one of these days . . .

  8. #8 juliagoolia
    September 16, 2008

    Thanks for keeping us all so well informed. 🙂

  9. #9 Zellychan
    September 17, 2008

    For anyone interested in raising some triops, I stumbled upon this: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/75ab/?cpg=ab

  10. #10 cabbagepow
    September 18, 2008

    The narration was a hoot, loved it all.


  11. #11 muhabbet
    March 26, 2009


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