Some people will wonder if de-extinction a good idea. Well, men have been in the de-extinction business for years now. We brought back the bison, condor, elephant seal, black-footed ferret, American alligator, and many other species from near extinction. In some cases we had to catch every single last wild animal and breed them in captivity before releasing them again. In other cases we had to stop all hunting in order to let the animal come back. In other cases we had to import the animals, or a close subspecies, back to the area where it had been eliminated. This is almost de-extinction. Possibly the biggest argument over something like this was most prominently displayed over bringing the wolves back to Yellowstone. But then the biggest issues were about concerns of wolves killing livestock or reducing the numbers of game for hunters to hunt. In Thunder Wilds there will be no livestock to be killed by predators. And Thunder Wilds will increase hunting opportunities by about a thousand percent so there is no issue there either.
The other issue could just be called getting the creeps. Sure, some people think working with genes and cloning is all creepy but they think any work done in a lab is creepy. But it’s all around us now. A lot of the food we eat is genetically modified so what’s the big deal?
Other people will complain that bringing back extinct animals is unnatural. No, today’s ecosystems that are devoid of the animals that evolved to live there are unnatural. We are trying to get them back to where they should be. Others will say that these animals died out naturally so we should let them stay that way. No, it was Stone Age human hunters that wiped them out.
Besides the biggest tourist attraction of Thunder Wilds would be the large numbers of big animals, especially rare animals. But the thing that would make the park wildly successful, even more than Yellowstone or the Serengeti would be any unique animals that we can bring back or almost bring back from extinction either by selective breeding or through genetic work.
For example, there used to be some really large bison, around 7.5 feet tall at the shoulder out there on the American prairie. What every bison rancher will tell you is that some modern bison are much larger than others. It would not be hard to take a bunch of the larger specimens and start a breeding program to breed some really big bison. It would take a while but eventually we would have enough to release into Thunder Wilds. This is being done right now in Europe, where they are working to breed cattle that look like the old extinct Aurochs, the huge wild forefather of all domestic cattle. These new specimens would still be normal modern day bison but they will just look different and be bigger, like a poodle is the same species as a Labrador, they just look different. This is not really de-extinction since it’s not really bringing back the actual extinct species.
Another way to bring back giant camels, for example, is to do it genetically, which is de-extinction. First we find some DNA from the frozen remains of a camel, repair any damage the DNA has suffered from all those years in the ice, we would just use modern camel DNA to make the repairs, and then we replace the DNA of a bunch of modern day camel eggs and then implant plant them in their uterus. Walla, soon they give birth to the ancient actual giant camel. The species has been brought back! We can’t quite do that yet but soon we will be able to. When that happens Thunder Wilds will become the greatest park in the world and its associated ranchers and other land owners, business owners, and everyone working for them will be doing very well indeed.
Why? Because we won’t just do that with giant camels. We’ll do it with mammoths, mastodons, stag moose, and much more. People will come from all over the world with their money to see our animals, to hunt our animals, and to eat our animals. They will eat in our restaurants, stay in our hotels and bunk houses, and ride our horses, in our safari rigs, and helicopters. Do you know how much people pay for elk antler sheds? Can you imagine what they will pay for our stag moose antler sheds? The first few alone will go for millions. And then you have to think about what our first mammoth tusks will go for!
But do you know what will really bring in the visitors and their money to allow us to really make it big? The amazing predators. I mean, when you go Yellowstone it’s fun to see all those bison and elk but its seeing the wolves, and grizzlies that gets the old blood flowing. We will bring in lions from Asia, and cheetahs from Africa as proxies for the lions and cheetahs that used to live here in North America. We can breed the long legged short faced bears from brown bears and we can breed the big dire wolves from grey wolves. Soon we should be able to de-extinct the saber tooth tigers. Once the herds grow big enough we will be ready to bring in the predators, that will keep our herds strong, keep them from negatively impacting sensitive habitats and will ramp of the visitation like crazy.