What is conservation is animals?• it is attempting to ensure that the particular species of animals you are conserving does not die out.
ENDANGERED SPECIES• An endangered species is a population of organisms which is at risk of becoming extinct because it is either few in numbers, or threatened by changing environmental or predation parameters. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has calculated the percentage of endangered species as 40 percent of all organisms based on the sample of species that have been evaluated through 2006.2• Many nations have laws offering protection to conservation reliant species: for example, forbidding hunting, restricting land development or creating preserves.• Only a few of the many species at risk of extinction actually make it to the lists and obtain legal protection like Pandas. Many more species become extinct, or potentially will become extinct, without gaining public notice.
ABOUT ACHIEVEMENTS GET INVOLVED• Inspiring Conservation Biosphere Expeditions is a multi-award-winning not-for-profit participatory conservation organization offering hands-on wildlife volunteer expeditions as an adventure with a purpose for everyone. Biosphere Expeditions’ citizen science is for people from all walks of life who want to help support and conserve the biosphere that we all live in. Biosphere Expeditions gives people a way to harness their enthusiasm and put it to good effect by coming to work on voluntourism projects simply using the money and time that they would have spent going on an ordinary holiday. You can join our volunteer vacations for anything from a weekend to several months and at least two-thirds of your volunteer holiday contribution will go directly into the wildlife conservation project locally, funding it long-term and sustainable.
CONSERVATION STATUS• The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that endangered species not living. Many factors are taken into account when assessing the conservation status of a species; not simply the number remaining, but the overall increase or decrease in the population over time, breeding success rates, known threats, and so on.• Internationally, 199 countries have signed an accord agreeing to create Biodiversity Action Plans to protect endangered and other threatened species. In the United States this plan is usually called a species Recovery Plan.
• CLIMATEand global warming species Before greenhouse gases CHANGE were able to survive in their natural habitat. However the rapid increase of climate change has put animals at risk of becoming extinct. Nigel Stork in the article “Re- assessing Extinction Rate” explains, “the key cause of extinction being climate change, and in particular rising temperatures, rather than deforestation alone.” Stork believes climate change is the major issue as to why species are becoming endangered. Stork claims rising temperature on a local and global level are making it harder for species to reproduce. As global warming continues, species are no longer able to survive and their kind starts to deteriorate. This is a repeating cycle that is starting to increase at a rapid rate because of climate change therefore landing many species on the endangered species list. 3
ANIMAL WELFARE• Conservation and animal welfare are similar causes with many overlaps. However, there are occasions when the two concepts conflict. Conservation is focused on the survival of species in the wild, while animal welfare is concerned with the well-being of individual anima
• One example of this conflict relates to the attitude toward zoos. Modern zoos focus on conservation, especially of species which are endangered in the wild. In addition, they reconnect urban people with nature and wildlife. For these reasons, conservationists strongly support zoos and the work they do. On the other hand, life in captivity is not considered to be in the welfare of individual animals. Because of this, many animal welfare organizations disapprove of zoos, whose main goal (as they see it) is to entertain people.• Another example of this conflict is when conservationists support killing animals in order to protect another species. For instance, killing feral cats to protect declining song birds. While this may be a good thing for the environment as a whole, it is clearly not a good thing for the feral cats.• The conflict between these two causes often causes political battles, with each cause trying to prevent the other from accomplishing its goals. Support for conservation is easier to garner than support for animal welfare. Conservation is important to humans, since it serves them, but issues concerning the welfare of animals alone are low-down on peoples priorities.
• The way to solve this conflict is through cooperation of animal welfare organizations with conservationists. Both causes could work together to find a balance in each case between the needs of the individual animal and the needs of the species as a whole. After all, both conservation and animal welfare are motivated by the same principle: respect for all living things.