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Saving Species on the Edge: from Theory to Practice

This meeting highlights the importance of prioritising evolutionarily distinct species and safeguarding global biodiversity when approaching mammalian conservation.

Image copyright Wang Ding.
Many of the world's most evolutionarily distinct species are on the edge of extinction, yet they receive little or no conservation attention. For example, China's Yangtze river dolphin and the solenodons of Hispaniola and Cuba, are the last surviving representatives of entire families of mammals, yet are unfamiliar to both conservationists and the public, and are frequently overlooked by current conservation initiatives. If such evolutionarily distinct species are not highlighted and conserved, then we will not only lose many of the world's most interesting species, but also greatly reduce the potential for future evolution. The concept of using phylogeny as a tool for setting conservation priorities is presented, with reference to an innovative approach to species conservation currently being developed by ZSL scientists.
The importance of prioritising evolutionarily distinct species and safeguarding global biodiversity, and some practical implications of this approach for mammalian conservation will be discussed.
Organised by Dr Jonathan Baillie, Institute of Zoology, ZSL.
Image copyright Eladio Fernandez.


Dr Jonathan Baillie, Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, ZSL, London | talks | www
Dr Arne Mooers, Dept of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Canada | talks | www
Dr Nick Isaac, Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, ZSL, London | talks | www


Date and Time:

13 March 2007 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



ZSL London Zoo's Meeting Rooms
Regent's Park (Outer Circle)
0207 449 6227
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Organised by:

The Zoological Society of London
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