This week, our Resource List of the Week concentrates on Wildlife. Before starting, let’s give a definition to this topic.
What is Wildlife?
According to Cambridge Dictionary, Wildlife can be defined as
“animals and plants that grow independently of people, usually in natural conditions”.
To better understand the topic, we recommend you read the following titles and resources.
Wildlife Politics – Rocheleau, B.
This comprehensive book identifies and analyses the factors that influence policies across the globe. Firstly, it highlights how these factors impact conservation as a whole, exploring topics such as overexploitation, hunting, ecotourism and wildlife trafficking. Secondly, the title discusses conflicting forces behind the legislation, including institutions, interest groups and the media. Finally, there is a particular focus on the significance of the Endangered Species Act, covering over forty-five species that have become matters of political debate in sixty-seven different countries.
Wildlife of the World – Packham, C.
This title is a celebration of global wildlife, showcasing some of the most fascinating animals on Earth. Firstly, it explores some of the most scenic and rich animal habitats, from the Amazon rainforest to the Himalayas, from the Sahara to the South Pole. Secondly, it reveals how these creatures feed, interact, mate and survive in these different climates and landscapes.
Wildlife Demography – Skalski, John R., Ryding, K. E., and Millspaugh, J.
This book compiles the multitude of available estimation techniques based on data around sex and age, then presents these varying techniques in one organized, unified volume. Firstly, this title is designed to guide researchers to the most appropriate estimator based upon their particular data set and the desired level of study precision. Secondly, this book provides quantitative consideration, statistical models, estimator variance, assumptions and examples of use. Finally, the authors focus on estimation techniques using sex and age ratios because this data is relatively easy to collect and commonly used by wildlife management.
Urban Wildlife Management – Adams, C.E.
This book provides a comprehensive examination of the issues that increase the need for urban wildlife management. It explores the changing dynamics of the field while giving historical perspectives and looking at current trends and future directions. Also, it examines a range of topics on human interactions with wildlife in urbanized environments and focuses not only on ecological matters but also on political, economic, and societal issues. Finally, the title features extensive information on urban wildlife species, including chapters on urban communities, herpetofauna, birds, ungulates, mammals, carnivores, and feral and introduced species.
Wildlife Habitat Management- Updike, J.
This title presents an integrated reference combining silvicultural and forest planning principles with those standards of habitat ecology and conservation biology. Firstly, with extensive references and case studies drawn from real situations, this book outlines general concepts such as habitat selection, forest composition, influences on habitat patterns, and the dynamics of disturbance ecology. Secondly, it considers management approaches for specific habitats including even-aged and uneven-aged systems, riparian areas, and dead wood. Finally, the title highlights those approaches that will conserve and manage biodiversity.
The University of Idaho provides a valuable career resource for anyone interested wildlife. This webpage has an extensive list of different career options that are available in the wildlife sector.
This academic paper discusses the importance of wildlife to local communities and participatory natural resource management programmes. Firstly, the authors highlight not only the economic importance of wildlife, through consumptive and non-consumptive uses but also the present and potential nutritional value and their ecological role. Secondly, the book addresses the main threats to wildlife conservation which consists of the reduction or even retrieval of the different resources which wildlife can offer.
This website presents an overview of conservation issues affecting the successful coexistence of forests, people, and wildlife. Firstly, forests and wildlife together offer a basis for commercial and/or recreational activities like hunting, photography, hiking and birdwatching. Secondly, there are two main drivers behind these threats: the increasing consumption of wealthier populations, which stimulates agricultural and industrial production, resource extraction, and tourism, leads to the degradation of forests. Finally, as a result of faunal depletion, the remaining primary tropical and subtropical forests, which still provide a good habitat for wild animals, are widely becoming empty of large vertebrates.