Based on a report from the BBC news website, a biologist named Sergei Zimov from Russia hopes to create a Mammoth Park. This biologist is attempting to create a full fledged, real life eco system for the woolly mammoth animal. The eco system will be like that from the Ice Age on Earth.
This park is being created in a remote section of Siberia. When the Pleistocene era ended about 10,000 years ago, there were many different kinds of animals in the area. There were woolly mammoths, rhinoceroses, tigers, horses, bison, musk ox and Siberian antelope roaming around the environment.
The only thing that remains in the area now is a lot of dense shrubs, and the only life you can find is groups of mosquitoes. When the ice age started to end ten thousand years ago, the environment warmed up. This changed the area with moss and forest sections, as this new vegetation replaced the old environment. Along with the vanished former environment, the large mammals also disappeared with it.
This is all a current theory as to what might have happened. Climate changes might have not had anything to do with the changes. It could have been human hunting that resulted in the extinction of animals there.
Sergia is bringing animals back to this remote area in Siberia. The area is 160 sq km in size. Two adult Moose have been reintroduced into the environment. Near the moose, you can even find a calf here. The moose are part of Sergia’s plan for his park. The more grass the moose eat, the more grass that will grow back. This cycle replaces the moss in the area, and will help return the remote location back to the Ice Age environment.
Sergia has a little under one hundred mammals going to work in the park. The process of the environment returning to its Ice Age state, is going very slow. He hopes to have ten times the amount of animals soon, to help speed up the process.
There are many mammoth bones that have been found near a river bed in the area. About every three metres, Sergia says he finds another mammoth bone. This is the spot he brings in scientists from Japan to search for preserved mammoth skin. He hopes one day, this preserved skin might have good enough DNA left to recreate the extinct mammoth.
Based on the BBC news report, Sergia said “If you create a boy mammoth in a university, you need a girl mammoth, and they need somewhere to make baby mammoths. This will be their home.”
Adam Fowler “Siberian Window on the Ice Age”