Journal Article

2018

M Ananda KumarSreedhar VijayakrishnanMewa Singh
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Whose habitat is it anyway? Role of natural and anthropogenic habitats in conservation of charismatic species

Developmental activities have been one of the major drivers of conversion of natural forest areas into mosaics of forestfragments, agriculture, and plantations, threatening the existence of wildlife species in such altered landscapes. Most conservation research and actions are protected area centric and seldom addresses the importance of landscape matricesaround these protected areas in providing habitats to a wide range of species. In this article, we bring out the crucial roleof natural and anthropogenic habitats for the existence of three charismatic species, namely, Asian elephants, leopard, andlion-tailed macaques. The larger public perception of where the animals should be and where the animals actually are is alsodiscussed. We emphasize that, while habitat generalists often adapt behaviorally and ecologically to modified landscapes,habitat specialists, such as the lion-tailed macaques could find survival harder, with increasing anthropogenic pressures andloss of their habitats.

Tropical Conservation Science 11: 1-5.