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  1. Evaluating the role of citizen science in the context of human-wildlife conflict management

    Contributor(s):: Morgan Adams

        This thesis presents two manuscripts that explored the potential of citizen science programs to be utilized in urban centers that are experiencing heightened rates of human-wildlife conflict (HWC). In particular, we focused on human-coyote conflicts, which are an emerging...

  2. Applying social science to inform conservation solutions regarding owned outdoor cats in urbanizing landscapes

    Contributor(s):: Ashley Gramza

    Free-ranging domestic cats (Felis catus) incur and impose risks on ecosystems and represent a complex issue of critical importance to wildlife conservation and domestic cat and human health. There is an inherent social dimension to the issue of owned free-ranging cats, as humans are their...

  3. Selling Conservation? The Role of Volunteer Tourism in Supporting Marine Conservation in Southern Belize

    Contributor(s):: Kathleen Georgia Brander

    Volunteer tourism is a rapidly expanding sector advertised as an alternative to conventional tourism and as a way for tourists to contribute to conservation science. This thesis examines a volunteer tourism organization in southern Belize called ReefCI and investigates how multiple stakeholders...

  4. What does it truly mean to live as one with Mother Nature? Pamela Malhotra at TEDxBangalore

    Contributor(s):: Pamela Malhotra

    Nature conservationist & animal lover Pamela, the owner of the SAI sanctuary forest reserve in India gives us a glimpse into the hidden stories of Mother NatureSAI Sanctuary is the first private wildlife sanctuary in India being the fulfilment of a lifetime spent in protecting wildlife and...

  5. Breeding Change: Cats, Culture, Conservation: Yin Myo Su at TEDxInyaLake

    Contributor(s):: Yin Myo Su

    Yin Myo Su was born in beautiful Inle Lake in Myanmar with its unique heritage of lake rowers, floating gardens and breathtaking natural beauty. She gives a personal and heartfelt talk about how conservation and business are linked and how a chain of events took her from being a student...

  6. A Perspective on Zoos: Andreas Kaufmann at TEDxVilnius

    Contributor(s):: Andreas Kaufmann

    Andreas has loved animals and nature since his early childhood, which he spent near the lowland forests, surrounded by farm animals and pets.But the zoos… he did not like them. So what turned him into taking a job… at a zoo?Andreas has been actively involved with wild animals,...

  7. The impact of a wolf conservation project on attitudes of the public, hunters and farmers toward wolves in Slovenia

    Contributor(s):: Jasna Mulej Tlhaolang

    For successful conservation of large carnivores, charismatic and controversial species, ensuring human tolerance is essential. Therefore, wolf conservation projects aim to improve both the biological and socio-political conditions. I used a mixed methods approach to explore the effectiveness of a...

  8. Conservation or Exploitation? Assessing the Education Impact of Accredited Zoological Institutions

    Contributor(s):: Martina Kusiak

    Zoological institutions, and the animals that inhabit them, have fascinated people since their inception. Over time, the mandates of zoos and aquariums have evolved and diversified beyond their sole anthropocentric focus on human entertainment. Today, zoological institutions have mandates to...

  9. Spaces of co-existence : the processes and prospects of living with endangered species

    Contributor(s):: John Wall

    As humans alter the world ever more dramatically, the possibility of successful futures for other species declines. Current extinctions are driven by human impacts — namelyconversion of plant and animal habitat for human use, overexploitation of marine and terrestrial plants and animals,...

  10. Justice for all? Children's moral reasoning about the welfare and rights of endangered species

    Contributor(s):: Ruckert, J. H.

    This study reports children's developing moral concerns for endangered animals. Three questions were addressed: (1) Do children conceive of not harming an endangered animal as a moral obligation? (2) Do children use biocentric (nature-centered) moral reasoning? and (3) Does a developmental shift...

  11. Living on the edge: attitudes of rural communities toward Bengal tigers ( Panthera tigris) in central India

    Contributor(s):: Reddy, C. S., Reuven, Yosef

    To date, most studies of the Bengal tiger ( Panthera tigris) are of biological research, techniques, conservation, population modeling, or tiger-human conflicts. Few studies have attempted to understand the rural population that share a region with the tigers, and some of the villages are even...

  12. Living with the beast: wolves and humans through Portuguese literature

    Contributor(s):: Lopes-Fernandes, M., Soares, F., Frazao-Moreira, A., Queiroz, A. I.

    This paper explores representations of wolves in Portuguese literature using an anthropological framework to analyze perceptions, beliefs, knowledge, and practices. From a literary corpus compilation, 262 excerpts from 68 works that made reference to wolves were classified by grid analysis into...

  13. In the water with white sharks ( Carcharodon carcharias): participants' beliefs toward cage-diving in Australia

    Contributor(s):: Apps, K., Dimmock, K., Lloyd, D., Huveneers, C.

    White shark ( Carcharodon carcharias) cage-diving tourism is a controversial activity that provokes emotional and often opposing points of view. With increasing demand for shark tourism since the 1990s, the underlying determinants driving this growth in participation remain unclear. This paper...

  14. Wildlife conservation and the art of letting go | Geraldine Morelli | TEDxWandsworth

    Contributor(s):: Geraldine Morelli

    Africa stole her heart and its wildlife changed her life. Through volunteering in a wildlife rehabilitation centre in South Africa, Geraldine learned how we should treat and respect wild animals, precisely by accepting that they are wild and should not be domesticated even though they fascinate...

  15. Cod Forgive Us: The 6th Great Extinction in Stories and Tattoos | Andrée Zaleska | TEDxJamaicaPlain

    Contributor(s):: Andrée Zaleska

    Andrée brings to life the stories of the animals we are losing in the 6th Great Extinction in the Earth's history, currently underway. She highlights the overriding link to climate change and ends with suggestions of how to approach and resist this horrific event.

  16. Mitigating Human-Black Bear Conflicts by Understanding Spatial Patterns and Assoicated Site Characteristics

    Contributor(s):: Mary Wendy Von Der Porten

    Conflict with humans poses a serious risk to the viability of carnivore populations worldwide. Identifying effective non-lethal management strategies demands an understanding of the interplay among multiple drivers of conflict at the scale of conflict situations. I quantified the spatial patterns...

  17. Conservation education in shark ecotourism

    Contributor(s):: Craig Allan Golby

    Sharks, as top predators, are vital a healthy marine ecosystem. Sharks regulate species abundance, distribution, and diversity, which in turn can impact the health of marine habitats. The biggest issue relating to the endangered status of many shark species is the unsustainable international...

  18. Engaging professional mariners in marine mammal conservation

    Contributor(s):: Leah Irene Thorpe

    Due to British Columbia‟s expansive coastline and limited funding for marine mammal conservation, research projects rely heavily on citizen scientists, or volunteers who contribute data. Professional mariners are an important target audience for such projects. In an attempt to increase...

  19. What big teeth you have: an educational approach to wolf conservation

    Contributor(s):: Nastassja Brinker

    As the subject of deep-seated cultural and historical antipathies and revulsion, the wolf presents a unique challenge for wildlife educators working to promote its conservation and value as a species while they are forced to combat the systematic persecution and eradication it has suffered...

  20. Agrobiodiversity under different property regimes

    Contributor(s):: Timmermann, C., Robaey, Z.

    Having an adequate and extensively recognized resource governance system is essential for the conservation and sustainable use of crop genetic resources in a highly populated planet. Despite the widely accepted importance of agrobiodiversity for future plant breeding and thus food security, there...