Memories Matter – Preserving a Species Memories for Future Generations
Wildlife conservation isn’t just about raising the numbers on a population count. It’s also an act of cultural preservation.
When we prevent the killing of a wolf family, we’re not just saving lives, we’re also saving the pack’s memories and traditions.
If a family group is left unexploited (that is, not trapped, shot, poisoned or otherwise killed by humans) it will develop extraordinary traditions for hunting, pup-rearing, and social behaviors that are finely tuned to its precise environment and that are unique to that particular long-lived family group.
Memories matter for other species too.
“Bighorn sheep and moose learn to migrate from one another. When they die, that generational know-how is not easily replaced,” reported Ed Yong of The Atlantic.
Thus preserving a species memories of traditions may require preserving routes and corridors over which animals like bighorn sheep can travel.