Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology
Habitat fragmentation and degradation are the focal themes in the conservation of flora and fauna worldwide. These issues are accentuated in developing countries due to large developmental projects and the dependence of local people on natural resources. As a result, natural resources today face enormous pressures, the wild flora and fauna have declined over the years, and many species are now threatened with extinction. Loss of habitat and its rate of decline is faster than the rate at which earth's species are being assessed. Many species are likely to disappear even before they become known to science.
An in depth knowledge of the different facets of the ecology of species is needed to address conservation issues. This department is dedicated to gaining an understanding of the ecology of wild fauna and their conservation issues. This discipline cuts across subjects areas of animal population ecology, behavioural ecology, biogeography, community ecology, trophic interactions, systematics, conservation genetics and meta-population dynamics. The department also strives to use modern technology, development of methods for monitoring animal populations, and survey of rare and elusive species.
Last Updated: June 1, 2020