Up: Case study: Pleistocene re-wilding
- The pronghorn (Antilocarpa americana), a North American
analogue of AFrican gazelles (Gazella sp.), evolved 4
million years ago, and for most of its existence was hunted by the
now extinct American cheetah (Acinonyx trumanii). Why not
introduce African cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) as predators
for pronghorn to re-establish the pre-human interaction between
predator and prey?
- Many of the remainging megafauna in Africa and Asia are
threatened with extinction over the next century. Why not contribute
to their persistence by conserving them in reasonably natural game
parks established in the Great Plains?
- Does re-establishing populations of the Bolson tortoise (
Gopherus flavomargniatus) in the southwestern United States seem
like a reasonable proposal?
- Most conservationists regard feral horses (Equus
caballus) and donkeys (E. asinus) as exotics that should
be removed from rangelands, even though most of their evolutionary
history Equidae were restricted to North America. Should efforts to
remove feral horses and donkeys from western North America be