Success of past rewilding projects shows path to restoring damaged ecosystems

Concept is now widely accepted after initial controversy around projects such as Yellowstone wolves – though opposition remains

The news that scientists are planning to bring back woolly mammoths to the Arctic tundra, by splicing DNA from Asian elephants with that of their extinct ancestors, has raised a few eyebrows in the world of conservation science.

However, the basic idea of reintroducing large mammals to a vulnerable ecosystem in order to restore and rebalance habitats depleted by our own destructive habits is now widely accepted.

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