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Should We Let Pandas Go Extinct?

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Want to learn more about the topic in this week’s video? Here are some key words/phrases to get your googling started:

– keystone species – a species that plays a crucial role in the functioning of an ecosystem
– flagship species – species used as an icon for an environmental cause
– threatened species – species assessed by the IUCN as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable
– triage – assigning degrees of urgency to a large number of patients to determine the order of treatment
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References:

IUCN 2014. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. http://www.iucnredlist.org/

Joseph, L. N., Maloney R. F., & Possingham, H. P. (2009) Optimal allocation of resources among threatened species: a project prioritization protocol. Conservation Biology 23:328-338. http://www.uq.edu.au/spatialecology/docs/Publications/2009_Joseph_etal_OptimalAllocation.pdf

Small, E. (2011) The new Noah’s Ark: beautiful and useful species only. Part 1. Biodiversity conservation issues and priorities. Biodiversity 12(4): 232 – 247. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14888386.2011.642663#

Smith, R.J., Verissimo, D.; Isaac, N.J.B., & Jones, K.E. (2012) Identifying Cinderella species: uncovering mammals with conservation flagship appeal. Conservation Letters, 5 (3): 205 – 212. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00229.x/abstract

Sitas, N., Baillie, J.E.M., and Isaac, N.J.B. (2009) What are we saving? Developing a standardized approach for conservation action. Animal Conservation, 12(3): 231- 237. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-1795.2009.00244.x/full

US Fish and Wildlife Service. (1999) South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan. Mangroves: 3-519 – 3-552. http://www.fws.gov/verobeach/msrppdfs/mangroves.pdf

Warren, L. (June 2006) Panda, Inc. National Geographic Magazine. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2006/07/panda/warren-text

World Wildlife Fund. (2014) Annual Report. http://assets.worldwildlife.org/financial_reports/21/reports/original/2014_Annual_Report.pdf?1418325091&_ga=1.146888247.1239564205.1427657892
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Image Credits:

Stinking Cedar (Torreya taxifolia) – Jerry A. Payne – http://bit.ly/1EyduHa

Pygmy hog-sucking Louse (Haematopinus oliveri) – Zoological Survey of India – http://bit.ly/1JdxxvD

Sturgeon – Wikimedia user Cacophony – http://bit.ly/1DOjpFA

Saiga Anthelope – Wikimedia user Seilov – http://bit.ly/1E0O0Pq

Echinocactus grusonii – André Karwath – http://bit.ly/1IucNBw

Cork Oak (Quercus suber) – Wikimedia user Joergsam – http://bit.ly/1ziQOLU

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) – Patryk Krzyzak – http://bit.ly/1GLUf0g

Paddlefish – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters – http://bit.ly/1GLUdFX

Swietenia macrophylla – Flickr User jayeshpatil912 – http://bit.ly/1HWzhuB

Arakan forest turtle – Public Domain – http://bit.ly/1dzlAqh

Purple Frog – Wikimedia User Karthickbala – http://bit.ly/1JF1Hv8

Cute Panda – Wikimedia User Sheilalau (Public Domain) – http://bit.ly/1c0JURt

Frohawk Dodo – Frederick William Frohawk (Public Domain) – http://bit.ly/1bInEer

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