Conservation vs. Preservation

McKensie Marshall 3B

What is Conservation and Preservation?

Conservation: The practice of protecting endangered plant and animal species and their habitats.


Preservation: (Wildlife preserve) A nature reserve is a protected area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest.

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How does conservation and preservation help wildlife?

Conservation and preservation are very often confused to mean the same thing, but they have differences. Conservationists and preservationists both want the same thing but they do it differently. Conservationists believe that change and progression are needed for a better future without wasting resources, while preservationists believe that in order for a better future we must preserve things as they are and not change anything drastically, this is why we have nature preserves so change cannot occur and everything happens the way it should be. Both organizations help wildlife because they both want wildlife to be around for a long time and have future generations to come. Conservationists help by keeping wildlife in their natural habitats while preservationists put animals in a man made habitat so it is certain that species can be preserved for many years.


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The Amur Leopard

The Amur leopard is the rarest cat in the world with only 40 left, this cat lives in eastern Russia in the northern snowy forests. The Amur leopard used to be seen in Korea and China but is now extinct in those countries. This cat is almost extinct due to habitat loss from the effects of logging, road building, encroaching civilization, poaching and global climate change. Conservation has recently been used to help protect the leopard from extinction, programs such as Tigris Foundation, AMUR and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are helping by carrying out anti-poaching patrols. Population monitoring and ecological studies are spearheaded by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) working with Russian scientists.


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Sources

"Sustainable Development | Conservation and Preservation." Sustainable Development | Conservation and Preservation. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2014



"TEN MOST ENDANGERED ANIMALS." All About Wildlife RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2014.