Preserving Biodiversity

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Describe two considerations in conservation preserve design.

Hint:

Larger preserves will contain more species. Preserves should have a buffer around them to protect species from edge effects. Preserves that are round or square are better than preserves with many thin arms.

Describe what happens to an ecosystem when a keystone species is removed.

Hint:

When a keystone species is removed many species will disappear from the ecosystem.