Behavioural studies: A necessity for wildlife management

Singh, M. and Kaumanns, W. (2005) Behavioural studies: A necessity for wildlife management. Current Science, 89 (7). pp. 1230-1236. ISSN 0011-3891

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Abstract

A major concern of behavioural biology has been the study of evolutionary causative processes in animal behaviour, typically focusing on individuals or social groups. Conservation biology, on the other hand, deals with devising tools for the management of wildlife habitats and populations, and typically focuses on ecosystems. We argue that behavioural studies of individual animals in the appropriate social contexts are necessary for, and integral to, the development of effective management plans for any species. We use the results from our studies on lion-tailed macaques from wild habitats in the Western Ghats, and from captive populations in Europe, to demonstrate how information on behaviour and life-history can be incorporated into improved strategies for wildlife management. We explicitly conclude that one of the major goals of wildlife management should be to create conditions that facilitate the expression of the full range of behavioural patterns in the species being managed, so as to increase the likelihood of population stabilization through the optimization of life-history parameters.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A Arts and Humanities > Psychology
Divisions: Department of > Psychology
Depositing User: manjula User
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2019 06:18
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2019 06:18
URI: http://eprints.uni-mysore.ac.in/id/eprint/7919

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