After a 10,000 year absence, Japanese researchers say they have a new technique to bring the woolly mammal back. Teruhiko Wakayama cloned long-frozen mice in 2008, turning tail cells into embryonic stem cells. Researcher Akira Iritani has been harvesting eggs from dead zoo elephants and will insert frozen mammoth DNA from Russia. Daily Yomuri
Why do Mexican wolves get the terrible-sounding “10(j) experimental, non essential” designation?
All species that were wiped out do. It lets biologists intervene more, but mainly appeases land owners.– Mexican Wolves
India for Birders
Former NYT India bureau chief Somini Sengupta talks about great birding sites around the two most popular tourist areas–Goa and Rajastan. Okhla bird sanctuary gets storks and flamingos. “You pick any spot in the Western Ghats,” said Rajah Jayapal, an ornithologist with theWildlife Conservation Society in India, “and you will see no less than 300 species.” – New York Times
EU develops chickens that can get, but not spread, bird flu — Discovery
Florida’s Dania beach vervet monkey colony down to 20 thanks to development. Chicago Tribune
Northern WI porcupine class. Go see their dens. Chicago Tribune