Pleistocene Park, Because That Will End Well

Photo by Mauricio Anton, from PLoS Biology

At the "Symposium on the Future of Zoos" in Buffalo, N.Y., top biologists and conservationists have come up with a 100 year plan on the development of zoos. Starting with what is essentially a role reversal, humans would be confined to viewing spaces and the animals would roam free, as safely as possible. They've also suggested what some might think to be a ludicrous idea.

Jeffrey Yule, from Louisiana Tech University, has suggested that cloning extinct animals will be a future attraction to tourists. The animals would be restricted to those that have died within the past 20,000 years, in order to obtain viable genetic samples. Such zoos would allow people to view and interact with creatures that modern humans have never co-existed with.

That actually sounds cool. Twenty years ago, scientists were telling us that mammoths would be back by now, so they were liars, but keep the dream alive, is what I always say. Actually, I never say that. Let the dream die a quick, non-being-crushed-by-mechanical-jaws related death. Which brings us to the more worrying suggestion that robotic animals would also have a place in future zoos, creating docile versions of creatures like tigers that could be set up in petting zoos. While the likelihood of being eating by a giant Ground Sloth is slim, I don't want to hear about it when the robot Lion King ends the circle of life for some poor tourist.

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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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