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Cloning Wild LifeZoos, Captivity, and the Future of Endangered Animals$
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Carrie Friese

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814729083

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814729083.001.0001

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Cloning Wild Life

Carrie Friese

NYU Press

This chapter examines the practices and logics that are being argued for when cloned animals are unequivocally classified as part of the endangered species. Focusing on the cloned gaur, African wildcats, and sand cat, it explores how cloning is articulated in order to pursue the scientific identity of the zoological park through technology development. The chapter first considers the cloning of an endangered sand cat at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES) in New Orleans before turning to the mesolevel, organizational work involved in the gaur and African wild cat cloning projects. It suggests that the focus on technology development—embodied by the cloned gaur, African wildcats, and sand cat—is consistent with the original formulation of the reproductive sciences that became incorporated into zoological parks.

Keywords:   endangered species, gaur, African wildcats, sand cat, cloning, technology development, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, New Orleans, reproductive science, zoological parks

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