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Department of Wildlife & Ecology

 
 
Department of Wildlife & Ecology

Introduction  

From habitat fragmentation to car fatalities, invasive species to development, wildlife around us is facing a number of serious threats to its survival. We’re fighting multifaceted national and worldwide threats to biodiversity, the most important of which is the global problem of climate change - possibly the greatest extinction risk in history. It seems that humans have set in motion the sixth mass extinction event in the history of earth.

 
     

The Department of Wildlife Ecology had its origin in 2002 when the College of Veterinary Sciences was upgraded to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore.  Five years later, the Department of Wildlife and Ecosystem launched its Postgraduate degree program and became the first academic department Pakistan ever dedicated specifically to the emerging field of wildlife management and conservation. In 2007, the present Department name was adopted because Ecology rather than Ecosystem more appropriately described the Department's emphasis in research and teaching. Later on the canvas was broadened and the department started new degree programs in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in BS (Hons.) Zoology, M. Sc. Zoology, M. Phil. Zoology and Ph. D. Zoology.

       
   
       

We believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we are working to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive, as without habitat there is no wildlife it is that simple.

Mission

Our mission is to conserve natural heritage of the country, dynamism of ecosystems and species threatened with risk of extinction. Since baseline information on most of the species and habitats is fragmentary, we are trying to develop an understanding of concepts and issues relevant to wildlife management in Pakistan. We aim to apply this knowledge for analyzing, designing and implementing wildlife management programs in the country. We impart professional level skills to students to apply their knowledge for conserving endangered species and manage fragmented and disturbed habitats. We also train them to develop skills in sourcing information, analyzing key points and synthesizing an integrated report on key issues associated with the conservation of habitats and species under consideration. We inculcate in them an ability to understand wider implications of wildlife management and a sense to integrate information from across disciplines. Not only professionally, we also refine their personality by imparting skills in both written and oral communication.

OBJECTIVES

The core objectives of the department are

  • To conserve natural heritage of the country, dynamism of ecosystems and species threatened with risk of extinction.
  • To apply knowledge for analyzing, designing and implementing wildlife management programs in the country.
  • To develop skills in sourcing information, analyzing key points and synthesizing an integrated report on key issues associated with the conservation of habitats and species under consideration.
  • To develop sufficient quantitative and qualitative analytical and critical thinking skills for effective problem solving.

SCOPE

The core objectives of the department are

    • To conserve natural heritage of the country, dynamism of ecosystems and species threatened with risk of extinction.
    • To apply knowledge for analyzing, designing and implementing wildlife management programs in the country.
    • To develop skills in sourcing information, analyzing key points and synthesizing an integrated report on key issues associated with the conservation of habitats and species under consideration.
    • To develop sufficient quantitative and qualitative analytical and critical thinking skills for effective problem solving.
    • Manage habitat and populations to protect flora and fauna listed as threatened or endangered.
    • To manage other resources in ways that provide habitat needs of desired wildlife species, considering the species and the entire property.
    • Technical assistance is provided to consultants for designing and implementation of wildlife management plan.

 

 
 

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