Katie Little

I have observed that when trying to address the conservation of endangered species, broader issues regarding human interests and the economy arise. Having an awareness of communities that border wild spaces and an understanding of how conservation techniques affect the people of those communities is integral for long term success of any conservation plan. Although reserves can be set aside for wild animals by the government, they must also be accepted and protected by local people. This local support, although not strictly necessary, helps to discourage poaching and exploitation of natural resources by village people merely trying to support their families. Simply the love of animals is not enough to preserve them in the wild. Conservation of wild species must also be guided by the knowledge of the delicate relationships between people and environment.

 

 

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