Conservation

How An Australian Wildlife Corridor Will Help Preserve Wildlife

On October 31st of 2017, the Rainforest Trust purchased a 44,726-acre property in Australia to help protect the pristine habitat from being sold to developers which would put the already Endangered Northern Quolls at risk.

This was such a historic step, as the majority of their lands and purchases are relatively small. But this area in particular, also known as the Caloola Station, connects two key wildlife corridors and contains 28 regional ecosystems.

The property has a very significant population of the Northern Quoll, which also happens to be one of the few populations of Northern Quoll that doesn’t feed on the toxic cane toad.

Now, this habitat can exist in peace without being disrupted and destroyed by agricultural and residential development, which will help preserve the Northern Quoll population. But other than simply preventing development from taking place, let’s look at how wildlife corridors help preserve wildlife.

Wildlife Corridors Preserve Habitats & Species

Although many people think that wildlife can simply find a new habitat if their existing area is destroyed, unfortunately it isn’t as easy as that. It can take decades, if not centuries, for a species to adapt to a new habitat.

Destroying or fragmenting where they thrive can separate the species from their food source and water, make them more vulnerable to predators and make it more difficult to mate especially if they get separated from one another.

When species are vulnerable, they become more susceptible to inbreeding which can increase the likelihood of genetic defects in the next generation.

Wildlife corridors help to protect the loss or destruction of habitat to ensure that the species can continue to grow and can mean that common and endangered species can keep reproducing and surviving.

Wildlife Corridors Maintain The Ecosystem

Destroying or fragmenting a habitat carries a large natural price. Animals and plants are strongly reliant on their habitat and other species to survive. The demise of a single species can shift the ecosystem and lead to other unexpected extinctions. For example, if a predator is reliant on Northern Quolls as their primary source of food, and that species is removed or dies out due to habitat loss, there can be a huge effect on the rest of the ecosystem.

By protecting habitat, wildlife corridors help to conserve the entire eco system as a whole.

This is just 2 ways that wildlife corridors help preserve wildlife. This type of conservation also helps to minimize interactions between animals and humans and promote diversity and migration which is healthy for the whole environment.

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