Coordinated Conservation Management
Unless you are an outfitter specializing in specific wildlife hunts, or the person who hunts for the harvest of meat, you will never understand the persecution that wildlife is facing at the hands of illegal poachers. But above all, you will never see how much habitat is being destroyed every day to sustain the booming human population.
Habitat loss threatens to destroy all forms of biodiversity, while unselective and indiscriminate, illegal poaching adds to it.
Only a coordinated effort that incorporates a diversity of scientifically sound management practices will reap long- term solutions. There is no one “fix-all” strategy to conserving wildlife. The only way to achieve success is to implement multiple conservation and management practices that work together for one common goal – the continued survival of wildlife and habitat protection.
No matter how distasteful certain practices or techniques may be to some individuals or organizations, if they achieve conservation success then they cannot be shunned. How successful a conservation effort is in an area must be judged not by the survival of individual animals but rather by the species’ overall population trend. If over time some animals are killed, but the overall population of a species in that area remains stable or increases, then that conservation practice must be deemed successful.
Conservation must be viewed as a brick wall where each brick represents a different management technique or practice. Hunting, photographic safaris, game breeding, and zoos that educate visitors about wildlife are all examples of the various “bricks” in the conservation wall. Anytime a brick is removed, it compromises the overall stability of the wall.