Conservation in Action

Conservation biology was born in 1978, at the first ever International Conference on Conservation Biology. In response to the growing threats to biodiversity, this new interdisciplinary approach was proposed, one which combined practical experiences of wildlife, forestry and fisheries management with theories of population biology and biogeography.

One paper published after the conference stated: "There is simply no precedent for what is happening to the biological fabric of of this planet and there are no words to express the horror of those who love nature." 

When conservation biology was first described it was as a "mission-driven discipline" and "a new rallying point." Many passionate individuals have heard that call and, despite the horror continuing, they dedicate their lives to saving species. Conservation takes many forms but there are numerous success stories showing that the hard work does pay off.