Im amazed that someone was able to come up with a

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ferrats. I’m amazed that someone was able to come up with a predictive population model of how many black tailed prairie dogs it would take to be able to sustain a growing population of black footed ferrets. Dinerstein mentions briefly the intensely sterile captive breeding facility. I think the video that we wached in class did a much better job at describing how much of an undertaking is being invested in the survival of our sooty footed friends. I secretly enjoyed reading the part where Dinerstein goes to this vast, ecologically rich national park in Africa that very few tourists know about. I really enjoyed it because it’s a hidden treasure, kept away from the tourists and people so it can hold on to its wildness. In Where the Buffalo Still Thunder I learned just how critical corridors or linkage zones are to preserving alpha diversity in a population. Large mammals like bison and other ruminants require large tracts of undivided land in order to sustain healthy numbers of their population. I get giddy when I think of eco-regional scale bioreserve out
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west. With land prices so cheap, it is actually very conceivable that this could be accomplished in our lifetime. I like to imagine thousands of bison living unrestrained on the sacred lands that they previously inhabited. In Manbino Warriors I was awestruck by the drastic decline of the Black Rhino population. He writes “Had I been in East Africa around 1900 [seeing a Black Rhino] would be easy. With a population estimated at one million, the black rhino was one of the most numerous large mammals on the continent at the turn of the last century. When compared with the thirty-six hundred black rhinos remaining in the wild…” According to SaveTheRhino.org there are roughly 4,880 according to a census in 2010. That means, with an estimated 6% annual growth rate their current population would be around 5,500 in 2012. It would be a great story to tell my grandchildren someday of how when I was their age, there used to a lot less rhinoceroses than there are now.
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