Best Reference Books – Conservation Biology and Wildlife

We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Conservation Biology and Wildlife subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Conservation Biology and Wildlife along with reviews.

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1. “Conservation Biology: A Primer for South Asia” by Kamaljit^Richard^Meera

”Conservation Biology: A Primer for South Asia” by Kamaljit^Richard^Meera” Book Review: The book deals with the basics of conservation biology and various topics related to conservation. This book has seven chapters but each chapter is divided into sub-chapters, sections, boxes etc. Each chapter ends with a Summary and Suggested Readings; the references listed under Suggested Readings too are explained in brief.. As the book is a primer, it has some basic information about topics like biodiversity, food chain and food web, natural extinction rates, but at the same time the book contains information on new topics such as ecological economics, common property resources, environmental ethics, extinction vortices etc. Good black-and-white pictures are added for emphasis and they make the book very interesting. Captions to pictures and diagrams provide a wealth of information.Such minor details will greatly help students of conservation biology.

2. “Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications” by Fred Van Dyke

“Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications” Book Review: This book gives readers a unified approach to discuss the historical, ethical, economical, and ecological basis of conservation biology. The various concepts include:- The History and Distinctions of Conservation Biology,Values and Ethics in Conservation,Legal Foundations of Conservation Biology,Biodiversity: Concept, Measurement, and Challenge,Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change,Genetic Diversity – Understanding Conservation at Genetic Levels,Genetic Management – Managing Genetic Diversity for Conservation Goals,The Conservation of Populations: Concept, Theory, and Analysis,Population Management and Restoration, The Conservation of Habitat and Landscape,The Conservation of Aquatic Systems,Ecosystem Management,Conservation Economics,On Becoming a Conservation Biologist: The Things Textbooks Never Tell You.

3. “Capturing Wildlife Moments in India” by Ashok Mahindra

“Capturing Wildlife Moments in India” Book Review: This book aims at creating awareness towards the rapidly depleting wildlife and the steps needed to be taken asap towards preservation of these animals and birds. It is a photo-centric book with small descriptions about the picture like the animal introduction, the location where it was shot and the photo clicking experience. The contents of book are:- My Perspective, Thirteen Ways Forward, Wildlife Moments, Tiger Tales, Special Concessional Packages for School Children, IUCN Classification and Status of Species, Camera and Technique, Wildlife Locations Visited, Wildlife Hotspots, Interesting Places to Stay, Acknowledgements, Index of Photographs.The primary aim of this book is to create a greater awareness of the real danger to wildlife in India and to promote the preservation of that wildlife.

4. “Amphibian Survey and Monitoring Handbook (Conservation Handbooks)” by John W Wilkinson

“Amphibian Survey and Monitoring Handbook (Conservation Handbooks)” Book Review: The book conveys the most effective way of conducting an amphibian survey and actual survey techniques.The contents in this book include: 1Introducing amphibians[ Amphibian diversity, Order Anura (frogs and toads), Order Caudata (newts and salamanders),Order Gymnophonia (caecilians)], 2Before you start surveying(Types of survey, Survey and monitoring programmes, Survey aims and resources, Collecting survey data, Survey permissions and licences, Health and safety, and biosecurity, Handling amphibians),3During your survey: amphibian survey methods, 4After your survey, 5Resources to help you.

5. “Conservation and the Use of Wildlife Resources (Conservation Biology)” by Melvin Bolton

“Conservation and the Use of Wildlife Resources (Conservation Biology)” Book Review: The book talks on how to conserve the wildlife. And it also gives the reader various methods on how to use the wildlife resources in an effective manner. The contents of the book include:-Subsistence use of wildlife, Conservation and use of wildlife in the modern world, Sustainability, Conservation, controversies and concern, Giant clams: mariculture for sustainable exploitation, Exploitation and conservation of butterflies in the Indo-Australian region, Managing the Crocodilia: an integrated approach, Gamebirds: management of the grey partridge in Britain, Birds of prey and modern falconry, Deer management in Scotland, Supplying primates for research, Some veterinary risks and public health issues in wildlife utilization, Conservation and captivity, Loving them and leaving them: wildlife and ecotourism,
Synthesis and conclusions.

6. “Wildlife Conservation by Sustainable Use (Conservation Biology)” by imusti

“Wildlife Conservation by Sustainable Use (Conservation Biology)” Book Review: This book tells how one can conserve the wildlife by using sustainable developments. The contents in this book are:- Introduction: The Value of Priceless Wildlife, The Machakos Wildlife Forum: The Story from a Woman on the Land, Ranching: An Economic Yardstick, The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya: A Case Study, Competition Between Wildlife and Livestock in Africa, Wildlife, Livestock and Animal Disease Reservoirs, Wildlife Damage in Rural Areas with Emphasis on Malawi, Functional Relationships Between Parks and Agricultural Areas in East Africa: the Case of Nairobi National Park, Functional Relationships Between Protected and Agricultural Areas in South Africa and Namibia, Wildlife and Livestock Population Trends in the Kenya Rangeland, The Effects of a Century of Policy and Legal Change on Wildlife Conservation and Utilisation in Tanzania, “Ownership” of Wildlife, Wildlife Land Use and The Great Experiment, Financial Feasibility of Game Cropping in Machakos District, Kenya, Hunting and Its Benefits: an Overview of Hunting in Africa with Special Reference to Tanzania, The Economics of Wildlife Tourism: Theory and Reality For Landholders in Africa, Making Wildlife Pay: Converting Wildlife’s Comparative Advantage Into Real Incentives for Having Wildlife in African Savannas, Case Studies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, Traditional African Wildlife Utilization: Subsistence Hunting, Poaching, and Sustainable Use, Compelling Reasons for Game Ranching in Maputaland,Madikwe Game Reserve: A Partnership in Conservation, Application of the Southern African Experience to Wildlife Utilization and Conservation in Kenya and Tanzania, Wildlife Utilisation: A Justified Option for Sustainable Land Use in African Savannas.

7. “Conservation Biology: The Theory and Practice of Nature Conservation Preservation and Management” by Peggy L Fiedler

“Conservation Biology: The Theory and Practice of Nature Conservation Preservation and Management” Book Review: The book provides the theory on how to practice conserving nature. It deals with preservation and management. The contents in this book include: Species Richness in Plant Communities, Hierarchies of Cause: Toward an Understanding of Rarity in Vascular Plant Species, Peasant Farming Systems, Agricultural Modernization, and the Conservation of Crop Genetic Resources in Latin America, The New Paradigm in Ecology: Implications for Conservation Biology Above the Species Level, Reptilian Extinctions: The Last Ten Thousand Years, Loss of Biodiversity in Aquatic Ecosystems: Evidence from Fish Faunas, Threats to Invertebrate Biodiversity: Implications for Conservation Strategies, Forest Fragmentation and the Conservation of Biological Diversity, Issues of Scale in Conservation Biology, Stochastic Modeling of Extinction in Plant Populations, The Effects of Inbreeding on Isolated Populations: Are Minimum Viable Population Sizes Predictable?, Conservation of Asian Primates: Aspects of Genetics and Behavioral Ecology that Predict Vulnerability, Genetic and Demographic Considerations in the Sampling and Reintroduction of Rare Plants, Ecological Management of Sensitive Natural Areas, Park Protection and Public Roads, From Conservation Biology to Conservation Practice: Strategies for Protecting Plant Diversity, The Role of Ecological Restoration in Conservation Biology, Why Should We Conserve Species and Wildlands?, Epilogue.

8. “Primate Ecology and Conservation (Techniques in Ecology and Conservation)” by Eleanor Sterling and Nora Bynum

“Primate Ecology and Conservation (Techniques in Ecology and Conservation)” Book Review: This book focuses on new and emerging field methods alongside a comprehensive presentation of laboratory and data analysis techniques, as well as the latest methods for determining conservation status and conservation management. This book’s particular focus is on innovative ways to study primates in a changing world, including emerging methods such as non-invasive genetic techniques and advanced spatial modeling. Although three chapters are dedicated to conservation methods, consideration of conservation status and threats to primate populations are considered throughout this volume where appropriate.In addition to synthesizing field and lab methods, the authors also discuss data interpretation, as well as important guiding questions and principles for students and researchers to consider as they plan research projects in primate ecology and conservation such as: how to choose a field site, acquire research permits, connect with local authorities, communities and researchers, and many other considerations.

9. “An Introduction to Conservation Biology” by Richard B Primack

“An Introduction to Conservation Biology” Book Review: The book focuses on biological diversity and its value; threats to biological diversity; conservation at the population and species levels; protecting, managing and restoring ecosystems; and sustainable development.The book’s twelve chapters focus successively on biological diversity and its value; threats to biological diversity; conservation at the population and species levels; protecting, managing and restoring ecosystems; and sustainable development. Each chapter begins with general ideas and principles, beautifully illustrated in full color with diverse examples from the current literature. Chapters end with summaries, an annotated list of suggested readings, discussion questions, and extensive summary statements in the text margins, as study aids.

10. “Great Apes and Humans: The Ethics of Coexistence (Zoo and Aquarium Biology and Conservation Series)” by Benjamin B Beck and Tara S Stoinski

“Great Apes and Humans: The Ethics of Coexistence (Zoo and Aquarium Biology and Conservation Series)” Book Review: This is the book to present a spectrum of viewpoints on human responsibilities toward great apes. The contents include: Foreword: Problems Faced by Wild and Captive Chimpanzees: Finding Solutions I. Great Apes in the Wild, Africa’s Great Apes, The Orangutan and the Conservation Battle in Indonesia, Bushmeat Hunting and the Great Apes, Bushmeat Trade in the Congo Basin, Great Apes in Captivity, Captive Apes and Zoo Education, Sanctuaries for Ape Refugees, The Retirement of Research Apes, History and Evolution, Negotiating the Ape-Human Boundary, Phylogenies, Fossils, and Feelings, Darwinian Reflections on Our Fellow Apes, Ethics, Morality, and Law, Conceptual Capacities of Chimpanzees, Moral Decisions about Wild Chimpanzees, The Grand Apes, Cognitive Relatives and Moral Relations, A Great Shout: Legal Rights for Great Apes, Inclusivist Ethics, The Moral Status of Great Apes, Rights or Welfare: A Response to the Great Ape Project, Perspectives on the Ethical Status of Great Apes.

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