EDUCATION SAFARIS CC

…... WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

is the preservation, protection, or restoration of wildlife and their environment, especially in relation to endangered and vulnerable species. All living non-domesticated animals, even if bred, hatched or born in captivity, are considered wild animals. Wildlife represents all the non-cultivated and non-domesticated animals living in their natural habitats. Our world has many unique and rare mammals, birds and reptiles. However the pressure of growing population in different parts of the world has led to the increasing need of using land for human habitations and agriculture. This has led to the reduced habitat of many wild animals.

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What is a key –solution for the problem?

Major threats to wildlife can be categorized as below:

· Habitat loss:

· Climate change:

· Pesticides and toxic chemicals:

· Hunting and poaching:

· Natural phenomena: Floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, lightning, forest fires.

· Pollution: Pollutants released into the environment are ingested by a wide variety of organisms.

· Over-exploitation of resources: Exploitation of wild populations for food has resulted in population crashes over-fishing, for example.

· Accidental deaths: Car hits, window collisions (birds), collisions with ships (whales).