Why conserve wildlife?

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  • Why conserve wildlife?
    • Aesthetics & Recreation
      • Furry/cuddly/more aesthetically pleasing animals (pandas,monkeys) are more popular
      • Economic benefits of visitor attractions (zoos, wildlife parks)
    • Morals
      • Organisms have a right to life/unnecessary to kill
      • Public concern is greatest when high profile animals (pandas, whales) are threatened.
        • Most people would support the right of other species to exist but few think malaria mosquitos, parasitic worms or rats have the same right
          • Based on subjective opinion not fact
            • Morals
              • Organisms have a right to life/unnecessary to kill
              • Public concern is greatest when high profile animals (pandas, whales) are threatened.
                • Most people would support the right of other species to exist but few think malaria mosquitos, parasitic worms or rats have the same right
                  • Based on subjective opinion not fact
    • Knowledge & Understanding
      • Why conserve wildlife?
        • Aesthetics & Recreation
          • Furry/cuddly/more aesthetically pleasing animals (pandas,monkeys) are more popular
          • Economic benefits of visitor attractions (zoos, wildlife parks)
      • Interdependence of life on Earth
      • Biomimetics
        • Knowledge of how other species are adapted to survive
        • Solve human engineering problems by applying this.
          • Knowledge of how other species are adapted to survive
        • Example: Humpback whales swim in tight circles - made easier by the shape of their pectoral fins which have scalloped leading edges
        • Example: Shark skin has grooves at right angles to the direction of water flow. Reduces friction & makes swimming easier
          • Surface groves called riblets are being developed for aircraft, swimsuits & boats. Friction reduced by 15% = lower fuel consumption
    • Human behaviour
      • Knowledge & Understanding
        • Interdependence of life on Earth
        • Biomimetics
          • Solve human engineering problems by applying this.
            • Example: Humpback whales swim in tight circles - made easier by the shape of their pectoral fins which have scalloped leading edges
            • Example: Shark skin has grooves at right angles to the direction of water flow. Reduces friction & makes swimming easier
              • Surface groves called riblets are being developed for aircraft, swimsuits & boats. Friction reduced by 15% = lower fuel consumption
      • By studying other primates (great apes) we can learn about social structures & group behaviour
        • Human behaviour
        • Understand how species affect each other = understand how our survival relies upon other species
          • This feature is being applied to rudder design to improve ship manoeuvrability
            • More pleasant place to live with animals/plants
              • Ethics
                • In some societies its necessary to exploit animals as part of their diet - wild birds' eggs, bushmeat
              • In LEDCs no alternative food source & hard to convince someone that they have less of a right to live that their source of food
                • Ethics
                  • In some societies its necessary to exploit animals as part of their diet - wild birds' eggs, bushmeat

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