By Dominik Brotherton, UK
When the animals have been dragged to final extinction, will we retire them as mascots of our prolific advertising, or will they linger, as avatars of species annihilated? The elephant, tiger, rhinoceros and leopard; those familiar figures of Kipling’s youth; prevalent now only as simulacra. Will we continue to play, in the shadow of extinction? Will we dance on graves, with the ghosts of the toothed and clawed?