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Move Lions, Elephants to Plains, Ecologists Say

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A group of prominent ecologists is proposing to transplant lions, elephants and other African wildlife to the Great Plains of North America.

The idea, in the current issue of the journal Nature, could save species from extinction -- in Africa, protection is spotty and habitat is shrinking. The authors say relocating animals could also restore biodiversity to North America that was lost when humans overran the landscape more than 10,000 years ago.


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