Conservation Biology is a booming discipline. I don’t know whether to add “fortunately” or “unfortunately” to that previous sentence. As the human population expands, there is less and less room for other creatures and living things on this planet. There’s only so much space to be had. Yet, many people are interested in protecting ecologically valuable areas, improving biodiversity, saving endangered species, etc.
|Burning sisal to plant more|
This post is dedicated to in-situ conservation, or what I’ve learned here in Madagascar. Madagascar is currently experiencing rapid deforestation (like many places across the world), leaving primates and other flora and fauna with less and less space. So much of the life on this island exists only in Madagascar and it is a hotspot of biodiversity.
|Fields for grazing and growing rice outside of Antananarivo|
Which of the following is NOT an example of in-situ conservation efforts:
A. Foreign researchers hosting an event within the country where local biologists learn to apply for conservation grants to fund their work.
B. Undergraduate students volunteering in local schools, teaching others about endangered wildlife surrounding their community.
C. A WWF initiative moving endangered rhinos to protected areas.
D. A fundraising event for cheetahs to increase money for zoos looking to help this species by increasing genetic diversity.
E. All of the above are examples of in-situ conservation efforts.
F. A and D