There are many reasons for preserving wildlife and endangered species. Much can be done to improve the ways in which we go about the conservation of species. After reading this chapter, you should understand:
- Why habitat is important in the conservation of endangered species and the management of all species.
- What is the ecosystem context for wildlife management and endangered species conservation.
- What is the landscape perspective for wildlife management and endangered species conservation.
- What is the traditional role of the S-shaped curve in wildlife and fisheries management and the conservation of endangered species and what are the limitations and problems with this method.
- What steps we can take to achieve sustainability of wildlife, fisheries, and endangered species.
- What are the major current causes of extinction.
- Why we conserve wildlife and endangered species.
- What are the major concepts and terms related to conservation, including carrying capacity, maximum sustainable yield, and minimum viable population size.
- How the goals and emphasis of modern wildlife management differ from those of traditional wildlife management.