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Why Individuals Matter

Why Individuals Matter

Lessons in Animal Welfare and Conservation

Chapter:
(p.159) 12 Why Individuals Matter
Source:
Ignoring Nature No More
Author(s):
Liv Baker
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226925363.003.0012

This chapter discusses the importance of understanding individual differences among animals. It argues that ignoring individuals and their variation can limit our understanding of animals and natural processes. The awareness of individuals and their variation also has applied and ethical implications, which can be seen in efforts to conserve threatened species. This point is illustrated using wildlife translocations (including reintroductions).

Keywords:   animals, individual differences, variation, conservation, wildlife translocations

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