Nurturing altruism, one animal at a time | Jayanthi Kallam | TEDxREVAUniversity
| Contributor(s):: Jayanthi Kallam
Altruism is the principle and moral practice of concern for happiness of other human beings and/or animals, resulting in a quality of life both material and spiritual. In the common world we can witness empathy for own kind, but we need to be aware that there are beings who live among us in our...
Should the Endangered Status of the Giant Panda Really Be Reduced? The Case of Giant Panda Conservation in Sichuan, China
| Contributor(s):: Ben Ma, Shuo Lei, Qin Qing, Yali Wen
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reduced the threat status of the giant panda from “endangered” to “vulnerable” in September 2016. In this study, we analyzed current practices for giant panda conservation at regional and local environmental...
A World Without Elephants | Brad Spanbauer | TEDxOshkosh
| Contributor(s):: Brad Spanbauer
In the year 2026, countries across Africa are reporting ecosystem collapse, record temperatures, reduced rainfall, and dwindling animal populations. At the center of this chaos is a void that was once filled by the African elephant. Spanbauer highlights the potential far-reaching impacts of a...
Zoos of the Future | Keith Lovett | TEDxNewBedford
| Contributor(s):: Keith Lovett
Zoos historically have been beloved attractions where communities came to admire animals. Over the last decade more and more people have begun questioning the ethics of zoos. The zoos of the future have an important role in protecting wildlife, but they must evolve into centers for environmental...
Reinforcing Marine Conservation Messages: Case Study at the Houston Zoo
| Contributor(s):: Heather L. Crane
The Houston Zoo has been involved in conservation efforts worldwide for many years. However, in 2015, the Houston Zoo pledged to make conservation its priority and improve upon the existing conservation programs. In 2015, the Houston Zoo developed partnerships with 28 conservation organizations...
The Altruism-Empathy-Perspective Connection: A Case Study of Human-Wildlife Interactions at Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Corvallis, Oregon
| Contributor(s):: Kirsten S. Freed
In the realms of psychology and sociology two new theoretical models have arisen to describe the forces influencing altruistic human behavior. The first is the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis (EAH), by C.D. Batson. The second is the Conceptual Continuum of Altruism (CCA), by K.R. Monroe. Both models...
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...
Poaching as a threat to biodiversity and a barrier to sustainable development in Western Uganda: A Case Study of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Kibale National Park, and Surrounding Areas
| Contributor(s):: Madeleine Torraca Jones
Despite efforts of the international community and individual countries to end poaching activities and target the markets which drive these activities, poaching continues to be a global problem. This paper will discuss the methods, findings, and recommendations that have resulted from a study on...
Extinction Risk and Conservation of the World's Sharks and Rays
| Contributor(s):: Nicholas K. Dulvy, Sarah L. Fowler, John A. Musick, Rachel D. Cavanagh, Peter M. Kyne, Lucy R. Harrison, John K. Carlson, Lindsay N.K. Davidson, Sonja V. Fordham, Malcolm P. Francis, Caroline M. Pollock, Colin A. Simpfendorfer, George H. Burgess, Kent E. Carpenter, Leonard J.V. Compagno, David A. Ebert, Claudine Gibson, Michelle R. Heupel, Suzanne R. Livingstone, Jonnell C. Sanciangco, John D. Stevens, Sarah Valenti, William T. White
The rapid expansion of human activities threatens ocean-wide biodiversity. Numerous marine animal populations have declined, yet it remains unclear whether these trends are symptomatic of a chronic accumulation of global marine extinction risk. We present the first systematic analysis of threat...
A Hypothetical Engagement: GATT Article XX(a) and Indonesia's FATWA Against Trade in Endangered Species
| Contributor(s):: Lisa M. Meissner
The greatest recognized threat facing biodiversity conservation today is habitat destruction. Other threats include but are not limited to global climate change, encroachment, illegal wildlife trafficking, and overexploitation through intensive agricultural and commercial uses. Although wildlife...
Exemption Process under the Endangered Species Act: How the God Squad Works and Why
| Contributor(s):: des Rosiers
Suppose the long-snouted ferret, native to the state of Jefferson, is nearing extinction. This species of ferret lives in the high plains region and can only survive in this environment. Only 1,000 breeding adults survive. Suppose further that the high plains of Jefferson are...
The Risk of Extinction: A Risk Analysis of the Endangered Species Act as Compared to CITES
| Contributor(s):: David Favre
Life for any individual is a series of risk assessments. The continued existence of a particular species depends on the sum total of the risks or rewards realized by the actions of each individual member plus the sum total of the risks or rewards imposed upon that species by...
The African Elephant and The United States' Effect on The Survival of The Species
| Contributor(s):: Laurel Mcneill
Initially, this paper will explore the major conditions affecting African elephant populations, the deleterious relationship between these animals and humans, and what is necessary to strike a balance for successful coexistence. The focus will then move towards an examination of the federal...
Why We Need Zoos: Gabriela Mastromonaco at TEDxToronto
| Contributor(s):: Gabriela Mastromonaco
There are various schools of thought surrounding zoos and their purpose. Skeptics argue that it’s unethical to remove wild animals from their natural habitat to be put on display, but proponents of zoos stress that they serve a critical scientific purpose. In this TEDxTalk, Dr. Gabriella...
Our Duties to Endangered Species
| Contributor(s):: Holmes Rolston III
Few persons doubt that we have obligations concerning endangered species, because persons are helped or hurt by the condition of their environment, which includes a wealth of wild species, currently under alarming threat of extinction. Whether humans have duties directly to endangered species is...
Human-Wildlife Conflict Across Urbanization Gradients: Spatial, Social, and Ecological Factors
| Contributor(s):: Amanda H. Gilleland
As suburban and exurban residential developments continue to multiply in urban areas, they encroach on wildlife habitats leading to increased human-wildlife interactions. The animals involved in direct conflict with homeowners are often relocated or exterminated by the homeowners. Often the...