An animals natural environment determines its opportunities
to forage, bathe, sleep, socialize, procreate and raise its young.
Declining habitat, urbanization, pollution, global warming, pesticides
and natural disasters are all very real dangers that contribute
to decline in populations. Individual animals may be victims of
poisoning, oil spill, conflict with domestic animals, collision
with a vehicle or a host of other problems.
Environmental issues affect wildlife in all ways. When we admit
a new patient, understanding its habits, foods, and place of origin
can help us diagnose environmentally related problems such as nutritional
deficiencies related to a local problem in the food chain, or a
disease related to foul water.
we are preparing to release an animal, it is equally important to
have an understanding of its natural habitat and the state of the
environment in the release area. Will the area support more numbers
of this species? Is the local population healthy? Will the animal
be able to find conspecifics or enough food or shelter?