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The importance of genetic variation in wildlife populations and its relationship with the structure and conservation of habitats, a critical review

Author Affiliations

  • 1School of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management, Department of Tourism Management, Moi University, Kenya

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 8, Issue (12), Pages 37-41, December,10 (2019)


Other than natural causes, human actions and inactions through habitat destruction and ineffective implementation of species management and conservation plans are major causes of species extinctions. This study sought to systematically review the importance of habitats in enhancing genetic variation in preventing extinction and relate this to conservation practices. Findings confirm that intact and unfragmented habitats and genetic variation are important aspect in species conservation. Species management plans should, therefore, focus on maintaining this through preventing habitat destruction, a future ecological cost of current human practices and malpractices.


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