Criteria are emerging for determining which animal species are possible candidates for de-extinction, genetic rescue, or genetic assistance. The animals pictured below may meet some or all of these criteria.
De-extinction is an emerging discipline focusing developing technologies in medicine and agriculture towards conservation of endangered and even extinct species. Any extinct animal is a potential candidate for de-extinction that could be selected by a scientific research team for a future project.
In the left column below is a selection of a few of the extinct species from the past 10,000 years that could be considered for a de-extinction project. Some species are great candidates and some are poor candidates for various reasons — some do not qualify for the technical process of de-extinction. To be a plausible de-extinction candidate a species has to meet the de-extinction criteria. We invite you to enter your own answers to these questions for many of the De-extinction candidate species (below, left) through our own criteria checklist poll and email us your results.
Each image is a link to the candidate’s Wikipedia page or information about the organization pursuing the candidate’s de-extinction.