In a groundbreaking move, Colossal Biosciences teams up with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, a dedicated conservation group, to revive and reintroduce the extinct dodo, according to a Business Wire article which reports,
“Colossal Biosciences, the breakthrough genetic engineering and de-extinction company, has partnered with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Mauritius that works closely with the Mauritian government and a host of partners on all matters conservation, to help return the extinct dodo to its home. The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation will serve as Colossal’s primary rewilding partner for the ambitious project of resurrecting and rewilding the dodo, an iconic bird and a symbol of man-caused extinction.”
Colossal Biosciences, led by CEO Ben Lamm, aims to revive not only the dodo but also the Tasmanian tiger and woolly mammoth, with a focus on restoring species to their natural habitats, according to a Phys Org article. They say,
“The Dallas-based company has previously announced it’s trying to wake the Tasmanian tiger and wooly mammoth from their eternal slumber. Colossal’s progress on the dodo would lead the bird back to its native home in East Africa and potentially give the company the power to save other soon-to-be extinct species, Ben Lamm, co-founder and CEO of Colossal Biosciences.
“Our goal with all the species we work on is to bring them back into their natural habitat,” Lamm said. “This endorsement and collaboration from the Mauritian Wildlife is a big testament to the incredible work that not only our scientific teams are doing to bring back the dodo but the team to successfully wild them back into their natural habitats.””
While celebrating scientific achievements in reviving extinct species, concerns arise about Colossal Biosciences’ leadership and funding sources, questioning its suitability for such a monumental responsibility, according to a Mary Sue article. They say,
“So we can go one of two routes, here: the first celebrating how far, scientifically, we’ve come as humans. We’re at the “bringing extinct animals back from the dead” phase of our evolution. Your time in the sun is coming again Tasmanian tiger!
On the other hand, we’re at the “bringing extinct animals back from the dead” phase of our hubris, and this effort is not being led by a team of global government-appointed scientists. It’s being spearheaded by a company (funded by tech-bro VC money) whose CEO got in hot water for taking money from Jeffrey Epstein’s non-profit. Yes, that Jeffrey Epstein. So, perhaps, maybe this company in particular is not the best choice to steward in this whole thing? As I reminded myself last night upon drinking way too large of a glass of eggnog in a short amount of time: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”
Addressing comparisons to Jurassic Park, Colossal emphasizes positive intentions, aiming to rectify ecological imbalances caused by human actions by restoring species to their native habitats through collaboration with Mauritius.