U.S. Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

 

Title

BOOK REVIEW

Date of this Version

2018

Citation

Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 54(1), 2018, pp. 203–205

Comments

Copyright Wildlife Disease Association 2018

This document is a U.S. government work and is not subject to copyright in the United States.

Abstract

The tropics and subtropics are found between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and are home to approximately 75% of the world’s human population. The region boasts an impressive biodiversity but also contains some of the world’s poorest communities, which in some regions are growing at a faster rate than in other areas of the world. As regional and global human populations continue to grow, so do the impacts on natural resources and biodiversity. These impacts can be felt on both global and local levels. Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities provides well-referenced information on a variety of ecologic issues along with case studies describing global and local efforts to mitigate environmental impacts. The book is composed of 29 chapters, divided into five parts. Each part discusses an overarching theme that gets narrower in scope as the reader progresses through the book. The initial focus on landscape-level conservation gives way to human-wildlife conflicts and specific analytical techniques (including ecologic modeling and genetic techniques), followed by challenges of illegal wildlife trade and the exploration of commercial production as a strategy to combat such trade, and concludes with practical examples of community involvement in conservation. The book focuses primarily on terrestrial mammals with a few chapters dedicated to marine mammals, reptiles, insects, and plants as well as an emphasis on community involvement in conservation issues.

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