Ecotourism, Biodiversity, and Animal Ecology

A group of scientists is trying to introduce African wildlife to North America.
August 18, 2005, 1pm PDT | Brenda Meyer
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"The rapid extinction of dozens of large mammal species in North America - perhaps due to a combination of climate change and overhunting - triggered a landslide of changes to the environmental landscape. Relocating large animals to vast ecological parks and private reserves would begin to repair the damage, proponents say, while offering new ecotourism opportunities to a withering region.

The scientists' plan appears in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. It is attracting interest from some influential circles, including media mogul Ted Turner, America's largest private landowner. He owns huge ranches in several states to support his commercial bison operation and personal conservation initiatives."

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Published on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 in The Denver Post
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