Then in 1996, there was Dolly the Sheep. And that changed a lot of things.
After successfully extracting the cells, they were then placed into a deep-freeze cryopreservation where French and Spanish scientists were allowed to work on them, in the hope that they could resurrect the animal.
From there the experts began injecting the bucardo's cells into goat eggs, that were void on their own genetic material and placed the eggs into hybrids of the Spanish ibex and domestic goats.
Despite implanting 57 embryos only seven hybrids became pregnant. Of that seven, six miscarried but against all odds one did become pregnant and gave birth to a female in July, 2003.
For a brief moment, humanity had overcome extinction and brought a species back to life. Sadly we should emphasize the use of the word "brief."
As Alberto explains, the new goat met a tragic end quickly into its life on Earth.
As soon as I had the animal in my hands, I knew it had respiratory distress.
We had oxygen and special drugs prepared, but it could not breathe properly.
In seven or 10 minutes, it became dead.
This amazing but sad story didn't capture the public's imagination until 2009 when a paper of the study was published through the journal Theriogenology.
Money for the research has since dried up and the scientists have now gone their separate ways - meaning that it is unlikely that bucardo will ever return to existence.
Other attempts to bring species back to life have been made around the world but for Alberto, rather than science, the protection of the bucardo was always the goal.
When the bucardo were alive, we were trying to save them.
When they all died, we were still just trying to save them.