The rationale for wildlife conservation

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Human behaviour
Learning about social structures and group behaviour between primates
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The interdependence of life on Earth
Understanding how our survival relies upon the survival of other species
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Biomimetics
Study of living organisms so the knowledge can be applied to engineering or tech development
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Aesthetics and recreation
Flagship species can help conserve other vunerable species in campaigns
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Morals
Most people believe other organisms have a right to live and that it is wrong to kill unnecessarily
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Ethics
More affluent societies don't need to exploit wildlife for food but some do
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Medical benefits of conservation
Physiological research can provide diverse areas of studying. e.g. nerve function, leprosy and drg teratology
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Medical benefits of conservation 2
Many plants produce biologically active chemicals that kill the pests that eat them which can be used in treating human disease e.g. Poppies-Painkillers, Rosy periwinkle-Used as lukemia treatment
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Maintenance of the atmosphere
Reomoval of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release of oxygen
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Role of plants in the hydrological cycle
Plants increas humidity returning water to the atmosphere
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Soil formation and conservation
Dead organic matter provides nutrients for future plant growth, detritivores break this up then broken down by enzymes released by decomposers
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Species interdependence
The survival of many species relies upon the services provided by other species
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Understanding how our survival relies upon the survival of other species

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Study of living organisms so the knowledge can be applied to engineering or tech development

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Flagship species can help conserve other vunerable species in campaigns

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Most people believe other organisms have a right to live and that it is wrong to kill unnecessarily

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