Wildlife Conservation Practices in Cambodia

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Wildlife conservation is a practice which aims to protect plant and animal species and their habitat. According to Endangered Species of Cambodia (n.d.), Kouprey, known as Forest Ox in English, is considered to be endangered as it was estimated that fewer than 50 koupreys are left in the world. In addition to this, Wild Water Buffaloes, which have undergone a great decline in number and have only few population now, are reported as endangered in the IUCN Red List since 1986 since the total remaining population is less than 4000. In response to these great drops, wildlife conservation was founded in order to save wildlife from becoming extinct. As the result of this establishment, wildlife conservation is seen to be so effective in saving endangered species through its three core actions.
First and foremost, wildlife conservation, as defined above, intends to preserve the habitats of animal species; therefore, wildlife conservation has been used to save those habitats and in turn has helped save many endangered species. Agricultural expansion, industrial development and urban sprawl are all the main roots of habitat destruction (Habitat Conservation 101, 2013). As the world population grows, more land is needed for farming; more forest is cleared for road construction. Moreover, some species are also faced with habitat degradation, which is caused by pollution from agricultural pesticide and so one. This leads to severe damages to the natural habitat; as a result, animals are also threatened. However, great effort has been put so that all forms of threats to wildlife and its habitat can be cut off. One of the solutions to habitat loss which was defined by The World Conservation Union is to set aside 12 percent of the world’s land ...

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...point has some merits on the surface. However, as mentioned above, wildlife has contributed to the economy of a country through its economic value. Green (2012) stated in Wildlife Refuges Are Economic Engines that “34.8 million visits to American wildlife refuges in fiscal 2006 generated $1.7 billion in sales, nearly 27,000 jobs and $542.8 million in employment income in regional economies.” This indicates that the economic benefits provided by wildlife conservation are greater than it actually costs.
In conclusion, wildlife conservation does help save endangered species through its well-planned actions including protecting their habitats, making people aware of wildlife’s values, and reducing illegal poaching activities. Therefore, each country should adopt wildlife conservation plan thoroughly in order that the future generation can enjoy the advantages provided.

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