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Unformatted text preview: were not a natural part of their environment, so they are not meant to go extinct. They are not being killed by a natural cause. 3. What is genetic diversity and why is it important? Genetic diversity is the variation of a species genotype. This is very important because if all of the animals in a given species had the same exact DNA, they would have no variation to fight off disease. If something could harm one of them it could wipe out an entire population. 4. Apply a general principle of Conservation Biology (from either lecture or reading) to the management of woodland caribou. Captive breeding has been used recently. This is because the groups that are on the verge of disappearing are also decreasing faster than the large herds. The captive breeding is just a way of maintaining the minimum needed number of animals until the other environmental problems are fixed....
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course WFC 10 taught by Professor Moyle during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.
- Spring '08