This week, the KAMS Blog will be posting information in celebration of Earth Day on April 22. The first of these posts focuses on megaconservation.
In the early 1990s a wolf named Pluie taught scientists something they only guessed at: the enormous distances wildlife truly travels. While scientists knew that wildlife could roam across vast areas, Pluie’s travels made them pause due to the tremendous range of her travels. While she was collared, Pluie traveled a distance more than 10 times the size of Yellowstone. So, while areas like Yellowstone are huge, they are not adequate for wildlife. This awareness has spawned the idea of megaconservation and this idea is beginning to take shape with corridors connecting existing wilderness areas that range over thousands of acres and multiple states. For more information on megaconservation, see here. For an interactive map, illustrating plans for corridors worldwide, see here.