About the book
Political, socio-economic, cultural, ecological and technological changes have rendered wildlife species and their habitats vulnerable. Habitats are increasingly being subjected to degradation, fragmentation or outright loss due to conversion for agriculture, overgrazing, deforestation and unplanned
fires. Infrastructure development and human settlements are blocking migratory corridors, thus suppressing their critical role of maintaining the ecological processes including allowing for the movement of animals and the continuation of viable populations. Human-wildlife conflicts are growing as a
result of population growth and, therefore, increasing demand for natural resources and increased proximity to wildlife.
Exotic and invasive species are outcompeting native species for resources or habitat and altering community structure with detrimental consequences on native species.
Impacts of climate change on wildlife are increasing and manifested through habitat destruction, increased human-wildlife conflicts, diseases and death of wild animals. Illegal and unsustainable hunting is increasing to cater for subsistence and commercial demands within and outside the national boundaries, thus leading to a dramatic drop of populations or extinction of species.
Chapters presented in this book attempt to respond to four questions: How do the political, economic, social, ecological and technological changes influence the survival of wildlife? How do these changes shape the management policies and approaches? How effective are the existing strategies and options to coping with these changes? Which are the possible options to address these changes and secure a future for wildlife?
This Book serves as an important platform for information and experience sharing among the scientists, academicians, students, conservationists and policy-makers from different parts of the world.