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Wildlife in Our Time

ENVS 110
Fall 2014
Section: 01  
Certificates: Environmental Studies
Course Cluster: Animal Studies

The modern conservation movement developed from concerns over the loss of wilderness and the extinction of species through exploitation. As a result, the welfare of individual, wild animals has not been a focus of our conservation practices. Instead we have tended to focus on the health of populations, preservation of species, and overall biodiversity. In light of habitat loss, climate change, increased human-wildlife conflict, and the current global extinction crisis, we are wise to rethink how we care for wildlife.
This course introduces students to the concepts of animal welfare and compassionate conservation. We will explore the shared and conflicting concerns of animal welfare and conservation from historical and current perspectives. In doing so, we will examine these issues in popular media (film and press) and academic (including scientific) literature.
We will explore why some wild animals are considered pest species, why endangered species get special treatment (and if the animals of these species are better off), as well as the issue of keeping animals in zoos in the name of conservation.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ENVS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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