Isle of Man to Host "Noah's Ark"

Project will protect rare breeds

May 2, 2013
Outside Magazine

Organizers of a rare breeds protection project are hoping to create a “sort of Jurassic Park” on the Isle of Man—only with slightly less dangerous inhabitants. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) is supporting a plan to set up breeding centers for farm animals at risk of extinction, and human visitors would be more than welcome.

The Isle of Man, located on the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland, offers ideal isolated conditions to protect rare breeds from diseases. Organizers see the project as a genetic safeguard. "It could potentially become very important if we were ever called upon to access the ark in case of a breed going extinct," RBST field officer Ruth Dalton said.

Visitors to the park would have a chance to view rare breeds, like the Manx Loaghtan, a sheep that has between four and six horns. It's no velociraptor, but at least you won't have to worry if it escapes its enclosure.

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