Population ecology studies the processes that cause the number of organisms in a population to increase or decrease. Population size through time reflects the combined outcome of three demographic processes: reproduction (births), survival (or its inverse, mortality), and movement (the combination of immigration and emigration). This article summarizes current knowledge of demography and population ecology of giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) and provides a framework for using population models when developing and evaluating conservation and management efforts for giraffes (or other large herbivore species). For conservation to succeed, it is critical that we are able to detect changes in population size and the demographic processes in the population, and also we must learn how to effect change in population size by managing specific demographic components. Learn more about how Wild Nature Institute's giraffe research is helping protect these amazing animals.
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