Brazil to Clone Endangered Animals: Why do we have to wait until something is extinct before we clone it? The government of Brazil has decided to clone "species at risk of going extinct," reports DVICE.
The candidates are black lion tamarins, maned wolves, and jaguars as well as a few others. The animals' DNA has been collected from dead specimens found in the wild over the last few years and "they now have over 400" samples, said DVICE.
While the clones will be used only in captivity, as their lack of genetic diversity will not ultimately benefit the species, the government of Brazil has said they would release some into the wild if "a species was 'at risk of total extinction.'" via DVICE