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Finding economical and practical solutions for conserving endangered
carnivores is a continuous challenge for conservationists. In a study
published by the peer reviewed open access journal, PLoS ONE,
on August 27th, a team of Brazilian researchers define global
conservation priorities that encompass socioeconomic and life-history
factors for endangered carnivores.
The team, led by Dr. Rafael Loyola, examined four global conservation
scenarios for carnivores based on the joint mapping of economic costs
and species biological traits. They focused their analyses on 236
carnivore species (occurring in 661 ecoregions) based on variables such
as population density, body size and litter sizes. By combining this
information with the cost of acquiring land for protection, Dr. Loyola
and colleagues were able to identify a combined solution in which both
biological traits and economic costs were considered. This scenario
planning helps to consider vulnerable carnivore species along side the
desire to simultaneously minimize land acquisition costs.
The result of the selection procedure produced several options for
areas where conservation of carnivores should be focused. They found
that cost-effective conservation investments should center on 41
ecoregions around the world, if species most vulnerable to extinction
are meant to be represented in areas with lower mean land cost. Many of
these land regions include areas in Africa, Northern America, and Asia.
This study, the researchers believe, is the first step toward a
biodiversity maintenance strategy which is part of complex policy
decisions. It is their hope that this study will be included in the
wider effort to strengthen the scientific basis for conservational
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