It doesn’t take a genius to know that Woolly mammoths are extinct. But will they be extinct forever? Could it make a comeback? Multiple specimens of frozen mammoth carcasses in Canada and Russia prove that it could help the idea of cloning mammoths and resurrecting them.
Now, this idea isn’t new. The big summer blockbuster, Jurassic Park (and its various sequels), focuses on the cloning of dinosaurs. While the method for cloning dinosaurs is proven to be impossible in real life due to the half-life of DNA, what about Mammoths? We have various specimens, some as recent as 12,000 years ago, opposed to the 66-million-year minimum of dinosaurs. We actually can clone a mammoth. Japanese scientists are already working on doing it. They have been working round the clock since 2011, and said that they will have the first mammoth clone by 2020. They already have the funding and the means to do it.
But where would we put the cloned mammoth, if it were to happen? Russia has already answered that question, in the form of Pleistocene Park, which is in Siberia. It is a park already home to dozens of Caribou and Yakutian horses, as well as European bison, Altai wapiti (Elk), Musk oxen, Moose, Eurasian brown bears, Tundra wolves, and other sub-arctic animals. The Russian government is planning on releasing endangered animals into the area for conservation purposes, such as Bactrian camels, Saiga antelopes, and Siberian tigers. This park is the main area where we would put cloned Woolly mammoths. Who knows, in 2040 we could have a functioning park home to herds of Mammoths and a stable population of other animals. Only time will tell.