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What If We Plan Our Future?
 
Chapter 6

WILDLIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

DINOSAURS IN CALIFORNIA?

God’s miracle of DNA will be thoroughly harnessed by mankind this century. Extinct and endangered animals will be revived, current species will be enhanced, and new species will be created.

BULLY BULLY, WOOLLY WOOLLY

Prediction No. 29: Some extinct and ancient species will be revived.

2060

The Woolly Mammoth, a prehistoric elephant that competed with early man for territory, will make a comeback after a long hiatus. Because several of these ancient, extremely hairy elephants have been discovered frozen (including a complete specimen in Siberia in 1999), we have the DNA to reconstruct this beast. So about the year 2060, Woolly Mammoth Wild Life Parks will become the rage. 

The first Woolly Mammoth state park in western Montana will open on April 4th, 2060 and attract millions of visitors each year.

It’s important to add that reconstructing Woolly Mammoths will be a difficult challenge and much of the frozen DNA is badly degraded. But in time, DNA from multiple frozen specimens may be combined with late-21st-Century computers analyzing the missing DNA. Perhaps some of that DNA can come from living specimens of elephants. I believe that in time, a near replica can be created.

DINOSAURS IN CALIFORNIA?

Prediction No. 30: Our 3xGreat grandchildren can expect Domesticated Dinosaur Parks to become reality by 2060.

2090

As for making Jurassic Park a reality, techno-biologists may be able to extract DNA from 200-million-year-old mosquitoes trapped in amber -- just as the movie and book "Jurassic Park" suggests. Also, before the end of this century, biotechnologists may be able to combine and manipulate DNA from various species to create near replicas of dinosaurs. One would hope, though, that T-Rexes are created in limited numbers. 

Have you ever petted a dinosaur? Dinosaur Parks will be very popular in the 2090s in warm weather states such as Arizona, Texas and Florida.

CREATING MONSTERS

 AND CUDDLY NUMNUMS


Prediction No. 31: Many experiments later this century will produce some amazing and unrecognizable life-forms.

Biotechnology will go for the money in the 2040s when almost every kid on the block has to have a mutant critter. Cuddly mutants may include a cross between a small monkey with a koala bear with the personality of a docile lemur.


2040+

Manipulation of the genetic code can also create new forms of wildlife. Say you want to create a dragon with wings (not the fire-breathing kind). By 2050, experiment upon experiment by biotechnologists will be able to create a reptilian life-form that will resemble a dragon of Medieval lore. However, these dragons will need a wingspan that rivals a 747 if it wants to take off.

Many unusual animals will be created this century. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani

Moo-Bears, bears with moose antlers, will roam wild in animal reserves (in limited numbers) in the 2040s. These bizarre experiments will be frowned upon by the general public and mooses with poor eyesight. 

This “thing” dug a hole under the fence in the backyard and escaped this sunny afternoon in 2054. But it was smart enough to come home for dinner. They’ll be some strange creatures in 2054 thanks to some interesting mixtures of animal DNA. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani

While resembling a space alien that had intimate relations with a cheetah, this 2050s feline-like creature likes chasing holographic space ships when its owner watches multi-dimensionals.

Other experiments may include creating snakes with two heads (twice the kill power to reduce the rodent problem), horses with a horn (they'll be called unicorns) and alligators with the disposition of a friendly kitty kat. 

WHAT'S IN STORE

FOR DOMESTIC ANIMALS

Prediction No. 32: Cloning will be used aggressively to stock farms with livestock.

Work on improving farm animals will take precedent over the next decade. We've already cloned sheep and experiments are underway to improve cloning techniques for pigs because of their DNA similarity to humans. Fortunately, by 2025, scientists will be able to clone cows, chickens and sheep rather quickly and thus ensure that farms are "fully staffed" with livestock.


2025+

Other manipulations may include producing cows with six legs and two udders, sheep so woolly that their wool extends 2-feet in every direction (they'll look like a huge fur ball) and pigs with wings (well, probably not).

CHICKENS THE SIZE OF A HOUSE

Predication No. 33: Maximization of livestock will lead to more fully functioning farms.


2051

DNA manipulation will also lead to smaller species enlarged to elephantine proportions. Certainly scientists will experiment by making useful species such as cows, pigs, and sheep larger in the 21st Century. There could be good reasons for making bigger chickens. Imagine the meat a 6-foot-tall chicken can provide to a hungry world. 

Which came first? The six-foot-tall chicken or the 40-pound egg? Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani

DON'T CALL ME TINY

Prediction No. 34: Miniaturization will produce some interesting results by the late century.


2080

Innovative experiments involving the manipulation of DNA will also include miniaturizing various species. Imagine a herd of two-inch-tall elephants. By 2080, you can keep a dozen or so "Baby Elephants" in a terrarium in your home. Certainly they'll be easier to take care of than the real things. 

Miniaturized elephants the size of gerbils will become popular pets in the 2080s. They'll have names like Spunky, Big Nose, and Rover. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani

TALK TO THE ANIMALS

Prediction No. 35: Owners will be able to communicate directly with their pets by 2060.

Would you like to know what Fluffy the bunny is thinking? Is Spot ready to tell you what's really on his mind? Do cats really believe they’re smarter than we are? Well, by 2060, you'll be able to hear what your pet has to say. A "brain scanner" with a microphone attachment will let Kitty talk.


2060

Of course, the "animal talk" will have to be translated into English and each animal may have different thought processes – but computers of that time will be able to translate these thoughts. The first models will be primitive with Spot "speaking" such notable thoughts as: "I'm hungry" or "Pet me." By 2040, Kitty may be able to say: "I like Melissa better than Sophia because she's nicer to me." 

“Either fed me, pet me, or leave me alone!” The device won’t be this big, but you’ll know what’s on your pet’s mind by 2060. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.

Technology of that day will also allow the above mentioned tiny elephants to voice their thoughts. So by 2060 or so, our 3xgreat grandchildren will be playing with living, itty-bitty elephants that can talk (Writer's note: "No, I wasn't drinking when I made this prediction!") Basic baby elephant talk may include: "Feed me." or "Do you like my tusks?"

ANTS IN MUSEUMS?

ARE THEY ALIVE OR STUFFED?

Prediction No. 36: Insects will be banned from our cities and suburbs by 2080.

2080

While extinct dinosaurs will thrive by 2080, ants and other bugs will face hard times. Later this Century, most U.S. cities will be insect free. Bugs will be regulated to open space and forests. A force field will prevent insects from returning to urban and suburban areas. 

Someday, in the distant future, your 4-year-old great-great grand-daughter will come back from a picnic in the woods and tell her mother, "Mommy, I saw an ant today!" Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani

TEENAGERS,

WILL THEY EVER GROW UP?


Prediction No. 37: Humans, in limited numbers, will have animal DNA inserted into their bodies by the mid-2060s.

We've seen Rebels Without Causes from the 1950s to the present day but we'll see some real wildness during the mid-21st Century. Biologists will eventually have the ability to insert animal DNA into humans to allow for some "interesting" animal-human combinations. Some rebellious teenagers, for example, will have real animal parts growing out of their bodies. Imagine attaching a lion's tail to your body, or, if you're really rebellious, a pig's tail. Some teenagers will opt for tiger stripes covering their back, or leopard’s spots on their shoulders, or a couple of alligator fangs protruding from their mouth.


2060

Fortunately, modern-day surgery will be able to remove these "mistakes" when these teenagers become more mature. 

A handful of teenagers in 2060 will have animal DNA inserted into their bodies to grow animal parts. As shown above, this teenager opts for a tiger tail and ears over a tattoo. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani


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