Meet Elizabeth Ann: The World’s First Cloned Black-footed Ferret

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Elizabeth Ann is the outcome of a conservation project; which is a collaboration between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and scientists at Revive & Restore, ViaGen Pets & Equine, San Diego Zoo Global, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The project aims to overcome genetic obstacles hampering efforts to restore the population of Black-footed ferrets.

Expanding the gene pool with a clone from a deceased animal reduces the risk of inbreeding-associated health problems often seen in “pure-bred” dogs.

The species won’t be revived with cloning alone, the intention is to grow the project in tandem with continuous efforts to stabilise wild populations; which is done by increasing suitable habitats for these animals.


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