Over the many years that human culture has been around, our species have seen dramatic, and often negative changes take place in the natural world around us. We are living in an age where man’s impact on the environment is becoming a concern to most, which means that we all share in a bit of the responsibility of protecting Mother Nature from our own destructive tendencies. Poaching, deforestation, overfishing and many other factors put many of Earth’s living creatures in danger; which is why it is a breath of fresh air to learn about foundations which make natural conservation a big part of their business. But what exactly does wildlife conservation entail? Keep reading to find out more.
Vegetation, Soils and Geology
An often overlooked facet of conservation concerns the quality and condition of the land itself. Conservation efforts often begin with extensive surveys of the vegetation of the concerned land; this may include trees and plants, the various types of soils found in the area, as well as the geology as a whole. These efforts concern such matters as vegetation control, revitalising grass with controlled burning; and constant inspections and surveys.
Eradicating Alien Plant Life
Alien plant life (that is those that come from other territories) often thrive by putting the indigenous vegetation at risk. Besides this endangering them, the effects can be further reaching than meets the eye. Attracting pests, limiting natural food-sources for birds and animals, and eventual soil erosion are but a few risks presented by alien plant life, which makes their eradication, and replacing them with indigenous samples a priority for conservationists.
Bird and Animal Conservation
Animal and bird life are often the first things that spring to mind when one thinks about wildlife conservation, and it is here that man’s impact is most sorely felt. For this reason, many conservation efforts mark their success through how well these examples of life thrive in an area where they may be endangered. One only needs to look at the startlingly low number of rhinos and the critically endangered Vaquita (with an estimated only 30 left in the entire world) to see just how pressing a concern the conservation of animal life actually is.
Contact The Timbavati Nature Reserve to Take Part
If you would like to get hands-on experience with what wildlife conservation entails, and to see the brilliant results of its success, contact the Timbavati Game Reserve or visit our website to find out more about our accommodation, facilities, bird and animal life, and much more.