Swipe To See More! In the latest issue of @theatlantic, I was tasked with creating six full page spreads about Pleistocene Park, a massive effort in Siberia to bring back woolly mammoths and other extinct Ice Age megafauna that has the potential to change the landscape and fight global warming. I inked the pencil drawings with rapidograph pens, and digitally colored this in Photoshop. This is the fifth spread (see previous posts for 1,2,3,&4). Large herds of megafauna, both extinct and current species, will need large and open areas to graze and move through unimpeded. Currently, the area is densely forested, so the Pleistocene Park team hilariously uses what's essentially an old Russian tank (Vityaz DT series) to literally drive into and knock down trees. I had to redraw the rough sketch for this because I assumed they were using state of the art logging equipment until the art director informed me about the tank. I had to ask if he was being serious because it sounded ridiculous. I jokingly referred to this spread as "The Benny Hill Spread" because in my mind, I see the tank crashing into numerous trees, sped up, being chased by vicars and policemen, and I can hear Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax" in the background! The animals depicted are musk oxen and horses, modern large herding grazing species among others they've had brought in with hopes they'll breed and populate the region. Once the grazers begin breeding and spreading, the second part of the plan is to introduce pack predators to keep the populations in check. If it ever becomes viable to reintroduce extinct species (megafauna or predators), I imagine the plan would be the same and have them live side by side with the modern animals.
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