posted on Feb, 18 2010 @ 02:26 AM
reply to post by franspeakfree
Prehistoric animals would have to pay their own way if we expect surrounding human populations to respect and protect them. (Basically the same
argument for existing wildlife in Africa.)
So we'd need something that trophy hunters would like and pay lots of $$$ for.
Another option would be a potential animal(s) to domesticate, perhaps as a pack animal. We've populated the world with the about 8 species that allow
for true domestication (not just exotic pets). Indian elephants can be domesticated, but they are always caught wild.
In all that the mammoth is the best bet. I'd hate to see one in must though, when they go really wild.
I suppose Greenland or any cold Russian/Asian/Canadian tundra-like steppe will do.
The giant ground sloth is another species that could be re-introduced into South America for eco-tourism, with little destruction to the landscape,
and there is DNA from skin.
With the Great Auk or nothern (and original) penguin - I think we'd need secure fish-stocks first, but a little colony or two can't hurt, and eggs,
meat and skin will be a pricy novelty industry. Same with the Dodo.
With the Moa in New Zealand - well, maybe, depending on DNA material.
The first generations would have to be hand-reared and trained in accordance to what we know on their original habits, society and behaviour. I think
we'd be surprised how much comes naturally however.
[edit on 18-2-2010 by halfoldman]