I made a tiny Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) for
's Project Extinction Contest. I choice the mammoth mostly due to the fact I own brown yarn and I had so many choices. I hope to make a dodo bird and possibly a ground sloth as well
. I also choice my yarn because I'm am almost out of it and wanted to see if I could still make something with such little yarn. These little guy is only about 3 inches tall and about 5 inches long. (I'll have to update this later when I have time to measure it.) I used brown pipsqueak yarn, and lion brand wool ease, I think, and 9 mm safety eyes. I also actually brushed out the yarn out a bit on the body and the top of his head to give it a more "woolly" look
A couple interesting things about the woolly mammoth is that it wasn't the largest Mammoth, which would be the Imperial Mammoth (Mammuthus sungari) weighed a supposed average of 10 tons with the highest supposed weight of 15 tons. While a Woolly Mammoth only weighed about 5-7 tons. Their tusks were a sexual selection and the ones with the longest and curviest. The longest recorded tusks were 15 feet long. You may also find it interesting to know that their ears, relatively to our common day elephant were rather small, this was due to the fact that smaller ears kept heat in. Larger ears help dispel heat, which help African and Asian Elephants stay cool.
Last but not least I have to add that the Woolly Mammoth is on the list of animals that we want to go through de-extinction. Which is bringing things that were once extinct back to life. And since we have plenty of well preserved D.N.A. material since the Mammoth died only about 4,000 years ago.
So who knows possibly in a a few years your local zoo will have some recent un-extinct animals in their exhibits.
Here is a link to the picture I used as a reference while making my Mammoth [link]
And more information on the Mammoth [link]
More information on De-extinction [link]