A fed bear is a dead bear Of course, larger animals can do even more damage, which is why Olson, of the Florida refuge, says he and his team work tirelessly to keep people from feeding the alligators. These apex predators are capable of inflicting great bodily harm to their prey, and they have been known to kill humans from time to time.
It was in this series that David Attenborough first made his appearance which led to the series Zoo Quest during which he and cameraman Charles Lagus went to many exotic places looking for and filming  elusive wildlife—notably the Komodo dragon in Indonesia and lemurs in Madagascar.
Chains of extinction[ edit ] This final group is one of secondary effects.
Photograph by Tom Murphy, Nat Geo Image Collection Animals Explainer How to stay safe around wild animals Beyond common sense, there are few simple rules for enjoying wildlife that can prevent dangerous encounters.
It's important to know what animals live in places you visit, experts say. For food[ edit ] A mesh bag full of live frogs waiting for a buyer at Chiang Mai 's Thanin market.
However, if this hunting continues at rate greater than the rate at which new members of the population can reach breeding age and produce more young, the population will begin to decrease in numbers.
Frog meat in Thailand is mostly used in stir-fries and Thai curries. Photograph by Michael Nichols, Nat Geo Image Collection Know before you go Many problems with wildlife can be solved simply by doing a little bit of research before entering an unfamiliar area.
In fact, some species may have been hunted to extinction by early human hunters.
The reality is that the vast majority of species exposed to a new habitat do not reproduce successfully. In the end, Kupper says that we need to remember that seeing wildlife is a privilege.