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Artificial insemination in captive lions is bad news for conservation

It is tempting to believe that technology will save the day when it comes to environmental and wildlife conservation crises.

The recent success story of a lion cub, Simba, born at Singapore zoo as a result of artificial insemination, is a case in point.

  • Jackie Abell
  • The Conversation

It was widely reported as a success for wildlife conservation.

But presenting accounts of technological success against the backdrop of rapidly diminishing wildlife loss could do more harm than good.

The psychologist Robert Gifford called this “technosalvation” in his 2008 study of psychological barriers.

Gifford outlines the…

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