Wildlife protection refers to any activity or action tailored towards protecting animals and plants in their natural environment. And when we protect our wildlife, future generations can enjoy our natural world’s beauty and the amazing species that live in it.
But if you don’t understand how the wildlife around you interact within their ecosystem, you may find it difficult to protect them.
For instance, most animals and plants events occur all year round. From bird migrations to mammals hibernation, flowers bloom, and leaves changing colors; the events are endless.
But if you don’t understand how these different events affect wildlife and their habitats, protecting them will be challenging.
Here are the reasons why you should protect and conserve wildlife around you.
Biodiversity refers to the variety of plants and animals in a particular ecosystem. And when the biodiversity of a natural environment is high, it provides ecological life support. That’s it provides a healthy environment that supplies oxygen, clean air, water, plant pollination, etc.
However, a reduction in one plant or animal population could interrupt the ecosystem and food chain. And when this happens, the existence of other species may be threatened.
Relieve suffering in animals
All over the world, different animals are kept captives one way or the other. For instance, people use species like monkeys and elephants for tourism in East Asia. Similarly, orangutans are used for boxing shows in Indonesia.
But protecting wildlife helps to relieve the suffering animals are going through while in captivity. Don’t forget that the act of using a particular species for tourism could lead to a drastic decline in its population.
If we fail to protect wildlife, it will affect us in one way or the other. Let me explain this better. A sharp decline in the population of a particular species could affect other important species to humans.
In case you forget, every animal plays a unique and irreplaceable role in our ecosystem. So, our survival as humans could also be threatened when one species is threatened because the wildlife is directly or indirectly linked to our food and water source.
It’s easy to play a role in the conservation of our natural environment. Here are some things you can do to protect the wildlife around you
Water and air
Another reason why you should be concerned about wildlife protection is the water and air around us. When wildlife is protected, there will be a balance in the ecosystem, providing clean water and clean air. And this benefits us all, including humans, plants, and animals.
How to protect the wildlife around you
It’s easy to play a role in the conservation of our natural environment. Here are some things you can do to protect the wildlife around you:
- You can start by picking up all your trash and dispose of them properly. Also, if you are less busy, you can join a local pickup day.
- Limit the amount of plastic that you use. Different reports show that over 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year. And these are seriously affecting the sea mammals, birds, and water quality.
- Eat more of a plant-based diet. If most of your diets are plant-based, you are protecting animals in your little way.
- Take medications that don’t contain animal products. And if you travel to places like Asia, pay attention to their traditional medicines because most of them contained animal products from threatened species.
How can the construction industry help protect wildlife?
The construction industry is one of the most resource-intensive industries in the world. And the industry’s operation depends on biodiversity. However, leaders in the industry are focusing on ways to draw up construction plans that will reduce the damage to biodiversity. In the meantime, here’s how construction companies can protect wildlife; Avoid Construction Activities in Sensitive Areas One way the construction industry can help protect wildlife is to avoid construction activities in wildlife sensitive areas. Some of these areas are:
- Any area that’s majorly inhabited by a particular species should be avoided. Otherwise, the species may lose their habitats.
- Any area that may suffer the indirect impact in terms of ecological imbalance and stress that may make it impossible for the area to support life.
- Any area that construction activities can fragment.
Restore and enhance the habitats
Again, the construction industry should put measures to mitigate and reduce how the industry is negatively impacting the environment.
The measures could be restoring and linking existing habitats and land features that can support wildlife.