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(Fox News)   Hundreds of tortoises succeeding in their plot to reach Madagascar. Penguins suspiciously not mentioned. Tortoise trifecta racing to conclusion   (foxnews.com) divider line 11
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2013-07-01 05:00:02 PM
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EVERYTHING
 
2013-07-01 05:17:26 PM
As long as Madagascar doesn't close the ports first.
 
2013-07-01 06:28:53 PM
Science on FoxNews?
/I'll be in my bunker
 
2013-07-01 09:18:46 PM
So what's the goal here?  To replicate what we think it looked like the century or so before mankind came?  Why that particular timeframe?
 
2013-07-01 09:45:42 PM

FLMountainMan: So what's the goal here?


To try and restore the ecosystem to a time when it was able to support more species, perhaps saving a few more from extinction?

/or to introduce a new food source...
 
2013-07-01 10:34:26 PM
Popcorn!  Popcorn!
 
2013-07-02 12:40:47 AM
Circus! Afro! Circus afro!
 
2013-07-02 01:56:18 AM

Dwight_Yeast: Circus! Afro! Circus afro!


Polkadot polkadot polkadot afro!
 
Skr
2013-07-02 06:44:44 AM

FLMountainMan: So what's the goal here?


They mentioned in the article that wildfires were more common without something actively eating all the scrub brush and low foliage. Their idea seems to be the previous torts were keeping this in check before going extinct.
 
2013-07-02 10:28:11 AM
Or someone just wants a home where the tortoises roam, and the fossa and lemurs play.
 
2013-07-02 02:14:28 PM

whatshisname: FLMountainMan: So what's the goal here?

To try and restore the ecosystem to a time when it was able to support more species, perhaps saving a few more from extinction?

/or to introduce a new food source...


But don't you think that other species will adapt?  The nature of nature is a perpetual arms race, a boom-and-bust cycle.   But really, if the tortoises can thrive and add some diversity, then it's a good thing.  I've just grown a little skeptical of efforts to try to maintain wilderness in a static, what-we-think-it-looked-like-just-before-humans-arrived, "balance".  The Nature Conservancy has done some interesting research on this front.
 
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