after growing up the past 36 years watching old "Wild Kingdom" episodes and all those less than human-friendly nature shows on PBS and Discovery, i had an idea. it seems that conservation in the real world isn't working like it should. at best, we still have ecologists/biologists telling us that we will lose the rare Blue Whale. or the great white. or "x" other animal. it seems that we can't keep using the same methods. wildlife preserves that aren't protected or corruption allows poaching prevents more progress. so why can't we learn from Colonel Sanders? from McDonald's? you ever seen an extinct chicken? extinct cow? Turkey? why can't we "farm" our wildlife? not like this is a new concept, but with a rigid regulatory system, credentialing, licenses...businesses could breed and raise endangered wildlife to not only rebuild the population in the wild, but also to create a supply for zoos and parks that want them without the costs of importing or quarantining the animals. this has actually been proven to work, most noticeably in the fishing industry- with offshore salmon farms. not to mention alligator farms. and finally, privatization of the farms has many benefits. in several instances where tribes were given certain animals to raise and protect within game preserves, the instances of poaching (and the costs to the government) have decreased. they had a very personal and ecomnomic stake in the animals' well being. if only as a study- say, 10-20 years- would you support this approach to save endangered animals? would you support it if proven cost efficient and reasonable? why or why not?