Animal Behavior and Wildlife Conservation

By Marco Festa-Bianchet and Marco Apollonio

Animal Behavior and Wildlife Conservation PDF. Efforts to conserve wildlife populations and preserve biological diversity are often hampered by an inadequate understanding of animal behavior. How do animals react to gaps in forested lands, or to sport hunters? Do individual differences—in age, sex, size, past experience—affect how an animal reacts to a given situation? Differences in individual behavior may determine the success or failure of a conservation initiative, yet they are rarely considered when strategies and policies are developed. Animal Behavior and Wildlife Conservation explores how knowledge of animal behavior may help increase the effectiveness of conservation programs. The book brings together conservation biologists, wildlife managers, and academics from around the world to examine the importance of general principles, the role played by specific characteristics of different species, and the importance of considering the behavior of individuals and the strategies they adopt to maximize fitness.Each chapter begins by looking at the theoretical foundations of a topic, and follows with an exploration of its practical implications. A concluding chapter considers possible future contributions of research in animal behavior to wildlife conservation.

Table of Contents

PART I Why Animal Behavior Is Important for Conservation

1 General Introduction

2 Adaptive Behavior and Population Viability

PART II Resource-Use Strategies in Space and Time

3 Dispersal and Conservation: A Behavioral Perspective on Metapopulation Persistence

4 Migration and Conservation: The Case of Sea Turtles

5 Bridging the Gap: Linking Individual Bird Movement and Territory Establishment Rules with Their Patterns of Distribution in Fragmented Forests

6 Knowledge of Reproductive Behavior Contributes to Conservation Programs

7 Foraging Behavior, Habitat Suitability, and Translocation Success, with Special Reference to Large

PART III Wildlife Management

8 Variation in Life History Traits and Realistic Population Models for Wildlife Management: The Case of Ungulates

9 Through the Eyes of Prey: How the Extinction and Conservation of North America’s Large Carnivores Alter Prey Systems and Biodiversity

10 Behavioral Aspects of Conservation and Management of European Mammals

11 Implications of Sexually Selected Infanticide for the Hunting of Large Carnivores

12 Exploitative Wildlife Management as a Selective Pressure for the Life-History Evolution of Large Mammals

PART IV Genetic Diversity and Individual Differences

13 Social Groups, Genetic Structure, and Conservation

14 Pathogen-Driven Sexual Selection for “Good Genes” versus Genetic Variability in Small Populations

15 Measuring Individual Quality in Conservation and Behavior

16 Individual Quality, Environment, and Conservation

PART V Conclusion

17 Where Do We Go from Here?

Literature Cited
List of Contributors
Index

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