Institute Plant Conservation University Cape Town

Plant Conservation Nz

Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the refuge system has grown to more than 150 million acres, 556 national wildlife refuges and other units, plus 38 wetland management districts. Love the call of the wild? Unless you have lots of free time to camp out in the hinterlands and stalk the inhabitants, your chances of having face-to-face encounters with wild animals are about as good as having a beer with Bigfoot. The next best thing is visiting a wildlife sanctuary or refuge, where you can get reasonably (and safely) close to some of the most beautiful, exotic, and often the most endangered species on the planet. And by including a sanctuary destination in your travel plans, you can support the efforts of these nonprofit organizations that work to save animals from cruelty, neglect, and even extinction. View slideshow:Visit some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has proposed to list the lesser prairie-chicken as 'threatened' under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It is an action applauded by wildlife conservationists, since the western grouse has been a candidate for listing since 1998 and is among the most imperiled species on the candidate list. The Service identified continued population declines and a myriad of land uses as threats to the species' persistence. 'Listing cannot come soon enough for the lesser prairie-chicken,' said Taylor Jones, Endangered Species Advocate for WildEarth Guardians. 'Threats are increasing, the species' range is contracting, and current conservation efforts are too little, too late to conserve the species.

Wildlife Management Institute

A number of animals nurtured in zoos have been reintroduced into the wilderness. A little over half a century ago, zoos had the animals kept in bare cages for public viewing. Today, with the help of scientific research, most zoos try to create an environment that closely resembles the animals' natural surroundings. Many of the zoos today also try to make their visitors more cognizant of the distinctive behavior of each animal and of the importance of their (zoos') conservation efforts. The presence of certain species in zoos guarantees their continued existence or prevents their kind from becoming extinct. One very important tool in ensuring the conservation of endangered species is 'captive breeding. ' Many species have been bred successfully inside zoos and a number of them are now being reintroduced in their respective habitats. A complete cognizance of the species involved is required to achieve a high degree of success in captive breeding. For example, zoos are fully aware that for cheetahs to breed they must not be kept together all the time. This awareness has enabled one zoo to successfully breed cheetah cubs at an average of five per year. Zoos play a very important role in educating the public about animal conservation.