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Science and Conservation of Wildlife Populations

K Ullas Karanth (Author) Melvin E. Sunquist (Author)

Conservationists might set out with very different objectives: perservation and recovery of rare and threatened species-as with rhinos or bustards, sustaining a steady supply of useful products for human use-as with fisheries, or even eliminating threats to human life or livelihoods as in the case of rodent pests or man-eating tigers. None of these objectives, however, can be effectively met without a clear understanding of how wild populations of these species function. The necessary knowledge can come only from the applciation of rigorous science, which involves sampling modeling and estimating animal populations.

Even with such reliable knowledge in their armory, conservationists must face social challenges in application of this science on the ground and in the policy arenas, in which not everyone may share their goals or values. This volume contains 26 articles by the author written in collaboration with other leading biologists, quantitative ecologists and conservationists. It boldly explores a complex terrain that spans ecological theories to social practices. It is a useful guide for those practicing science-based conservation.

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About the author

K Ullas Karanth

K. Ullas Karanth is a Senior Conservation Scientist with the New York based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Director of its India programme. He is a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and serves on the boards of WWF-India and the Ranthambhore Foundation. Karanth has researched tigers and other predators in the Western Ghats, as well as at a dozen other wildlife reserves across India. His areas of expertise include radio-telemetry of big cats, animal population sampling methodologies, and the mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts. His research findings have been published in reputed journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Ecology, Journals of Animals Ecology, Journals of Zoology (London), Journals of Tropical Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Biological Conservation, as well as in several scientific books.

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Bibliographic information

Title Science and Conservation of Wildlife Populations
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.03.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Natraj Publishers
Language: English
isbn 9788181582515
length xxii+451p., Illustrations; Black and White; Maps Black and White and Colour; 24cm.