According to The Russian Satellite Network reported on the 10th, Russia’s Sakha (Yakut) Republic Chief Executive Nikolayev said that scientists successfully cloned mammoths, the current generation is expected to see live mammoths. Earlier, Nikolaev said scientists in the Yakut region are working with Japanese and South Korean scientists on canine cloning and hope to one day clone mammoths.
“Of course, it is too early to talk about seeing live mammoths in the Yakut tundra,” Nikolaev said. But work is still ongoing, and I have regular exchanges with scientists on this issue. Each experiment takes a step towards hope that our generation will be able to see live mammoths. “
In September, the Russian Federal Security Service’s Eastern Arctic Border Service said it had successfully foiled several criminal plots to smuggle mammoth ivory and its fragments since 2017, seizing more than 6 tons of related items worth more than 300 million rubles. The seizure avoided a loss of more than 40 million roubles in state revenue.
Nikolaev pointed out that russia has not yet put in place relevant laws, resulting in the destruction of mammoth remains. He said the corresponding federal law had been agreed with federal authorities and hoped to be approved by 2020.
Mammoths are reported to be up to 5.5 metres high and weigh 10-12 tons, twice as much as the largest modern terrestrial mammal, the African elephant. Mammoths became extinct about 10,000 years ago.