Behavioral Approaches to Conservation in the Wild (Hardback)
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Behavioral Approaches to Conservation in the Wild (Hardback)

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Hardback 404 Pages / Published: 28/01/1997
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Today's conservation literature emphasises landscape ecology and population genetics without addressing the behavioral links that enable the long term survival of populations. This book presents theoretical and practical arguments for considering behavior patterns in attempts to conserve biodiversity. Prominent scientists and wildlife managers are brought together in this volume to address a number of issues, including the limits and potentials of behavioral research to conservation, the importance of behavioral variation as a component of biodiversity, and the use of animal behavior to solve conservation problems and provide specific direction for research and management practices. The book emphasises conservation of wild populations as opposed to captive and reintroduced populations, where behavioral research has concentrated in the past. The variety of expertise in this volume demonstrates that the complete ethological framework, not just behavioral ecology, provides valuable techniques and knowledge for conserving biodiversity.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521580540
Number of pages: 404
Weight: 740 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'There is a lot of information brought together which has not been accessible in one volume, nor presented in this way before. I believe this is a valuable read in particular for students of animal behaviour. Forget about whether you are in the behaviourists' or conservationists' camp, if you are unsure whether this book is of interest to you, read any one of the chapters 9-14 and you are sure to find out.' Gillian Gilbert, Animal Behaviour
'Conservation biologists who read this volume will find it very inspiring.' Matthew H. Godfrey, Trends in Ecology and Evolution
'If this book did not exist, it would need to be written ... a single book rarely changes scientific cultures, but it may be a starting point for more exchange between the disciplines. It provides a series of arguments why, in its ever increasing importance, conservation work should not be done (and actually cannot be done) without expertise in the field of behavioural mechanisms and functions. This book is therefore essential not only for ethologists, but is necessary for any decision-maker in wildlife management and conservation.' Ethology
"This book promotes integration of behavioral knowledge into biodiversity conservation. The message of this book for bevavioral biologists...a rewarding career can be built around the study of applied problems. For conservation biologists, the message is that the more one knows about the organisms one is trying to protect, the greater the likelihood of success." William J. Cromartie, New Biological Books
"In the case studies, there are excellent examples of behavior research applied to protecting endangered species in the wild, along with interesting speculation on further applications of concepts and techniques. Among the most interesting contributions were those on light environments, light pollution, and bioaoustics." William J. Cromartie

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