Jan DeBlieu's landmark work on captive breeding is a riveting analysis of one of the most controversial issues of our time....
|Title||:||Meant to Be Wild: The Struggle to Save Endangered Species through Captive Breeding|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Meant to Be Wild: The Struggle to Save Endangered Species through Captive Breeding Reviews
This book gave me a lot of food-for-thought and I learned a lot about preservation of species in the process. The book is a bit too involved for entertainment reading, but it would be great source material for research on any of the critters covered.
Not for casual reading, this is an in depth look at the process of saving endangered species through captive breeding, and despite it being written "article-style" it can be a little intense on vocabulary for biologists. I wouldn't recommend this to people that aren't interested in biological science papers or conservation efforts.
It was a long slog through this book. It wasn’t that the writing was poor or the material was not worthwhile. It was the dispiriting struggle after struggle to save endangered species that begged for breaks between chapters. But I kept coming back to learn about the plight of the red wolf, California condor, golden lion tamarin, black-footed ferret, whooping crane (you know, all the big names). There are surprising similarities: a wild population dwindles to a few individuals, spurring a desperate effort to save the species from extinction by making them captives. Challenges with trapping, breeding, raising, and ultimately release vary by species, but challenges are guaranteed. The most discouraging sections of this book were the human-human conflicts. Surprisingly, the ones emphasized here were not the traditional nature-lovers vs developers/farmers/hunters/loggers that threaten animals and their habitats (although this is a deep and gnarly divide). The combatants were scientists and conservationists who earnestly want to save a particular species, often divided by a thorny question: how should limited financial resources be allocated between managing the wild population and maintaining the captive population. Why release bred animals into the wild while mortality rates are still ridiculously high? But why build up captive stock when remaining suitable habitat shrinks away so there may be nowhere to release them in the future? Ow. Some of these programs seem ultimately futile, but so much effort has been invested it seems impossible to walk away and call it all a waste. The simplest lesson I took away is: Animals do a BETTER (and CHEAPTER) job taking care of themselves than we can, but we HAVE to provide them with HABITAT and other conditions that will enable them to do so. We need to jolt ourselves out of waiting for an eleventh-hour rescue, because by then it’s a nearly insurmountable task.