The field of genetic research continues to be fascinating and more and more it’s becoming possible to bring back extinct species such as the woolly mammoth but my question is, “is it wise?”.
I’d love to see a real living woolly mammoth or a big breathing sabre tooth cat and genetic science is now on the verge of being able to bring such creatures back into existence but for what purpose? Marketing? Zoo exhibits? Personal pets or oddities?
The ecosystems that these extinct animals existed in are no longer present on our planet for the most part. Climate change helped spur their extinction. To bring them back just to satisfy our own curiosity might not be such a good idea. Would they survive in today’s environment? What about the disease factor?
In the Science Daily article linked below the suggestion is that we use genetic and gene splicing technology to help prevent extinctions or to bring back species recently extinct such as the Tasmanian Tiger, for example. The biologist in the article argues that it would be wrong to bring back extinct animals like the woolly mammoth just to satisfy our curiosity or quench our “Wow!” factor and I agree.
Honestly, I don’t think it’s a very good idea to bring the woolly mammoth back for a variety of reasons including moral reasons. How would today’s environment impact these creature’s health and survival, for example? Of course I’m sure there is someone out there that’s already envisioning a real life “Jurassic Park” with paying patrons and exhibits to wow the imagination with intention being money and profit more than anything else. But what about the welfare of these animals? Honestly, I think this is something we need to consider BEFORE we trying bringing these animals back.
So what do you think? Is it a good idea to bring long extinct animals back? Is it a better idea to bring back more recently extinct animals such as the Tas Tiger? Or is it best not to bring any of them back and simply let nature take her course no matter what the consequences?