21 May '12, 2pm

Are Conservation Groups Right to Prioritise 'Iconic' Species?

Are Conservation Groups Right to Prioritise 'Iconic' Species?

This isn't a bad idea. We can do the best conservation by trying to save ecosystems rather than individual species. By giving the conservation a single-species mascot that would certainly disappear without the ecosystem, we can reach people that much better. Tigers and Great Apes and elephants need everything in their ecosystem to work, so saving them requires saving the whole shebang. My problem with this tactic is everyone always uses the large mammals. People should get creative with this! By using species found in one area, local conservation groups can use that to rally local support. In the US, the bald eagle was saved because it is our bird, but it could also work for saving our salamander or our dragonfly.

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/conservation-group...

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