There are many ways conservation biologists are addressing the extinction crisis. These include:
- Establishing protected areas where wildlife habitat is preserved or restored;
- Developing new ways to farm, log, and graze livestock, that preserve habitat values;
- Educating citizens about the importance of conserving wildlife and things they can do to help wildlife and the environment in general;
- Encouraging changes in production and consumption that foster resource conservation and reduce waste and pollution, through legal or economic incentives;
- Enacting and enforcing laws and international treaties that regulate exploitation of wildlife and wildlife trade;
- Establishing captive breeding programs for species whose populations have been so depleted that they need human help to increase their numbers and genetic diversity;
- Providing alternatives to local people who are dependent on wildlife and forests for food and fuel;
- Encouraging family planning to reduce human population growth.
Note: Emphasized words can be found in the glossary.