The Importance of Wildlife Conservation

Two elephants walking on grass covered ground
PJ Manning

PJ Manning

Jan 17, 2020

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As of January 2020 - there are more than 30,000 species threatened with extinction.

Let that soak in for a minute.

Got it?

Ok - now let's explain why the importance of wildlife conservation is so imperative and why we can't leave it up to governments to solve these issues.

Throughout the year, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) analyzes the health of the world's biodiversity. In order for our ecosystems to prosper, it's important that they have natural progressions of birth and death rates. Since the explosive growth of the human population - we've introduced numerous factors that have affected these natural rates.

It wasn't until the mid-1600s that human impact really started to affect the global ecosystem. Up until then, the human population was growing at a natural rate, however, post-1600s and deeper into the industrial revolution our population began to exponentially increase.

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Along with our exponential increase, came advanced technologies that helped improve the quality of human life. When these technologies were first created they may not have been detrimental to surrounding ecosystems, but eventually the impact became clear.

The importance of wildlife conservation when it comes to human impact can really be focused on 2 main factors...

  • Climate change
  • Human habits or harvesting

These are really the 2 biggest areas we know we can create an impact on...

Because we created these issues.

Smoke stacks pumping carbon into the environment

The dominance of the human race doesn't just negatively effect certain species on the planet.

Populations of each species then have a ripple effect throughout their ecosystem wreaking havoc on many different types of species.

When this happens on a massive scale - you truly come to understand the need for wildlife conservation.

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