From Ants to Grizzlies: A General Rule for Saving Biodiversity
This film explores the species-area relationship, a general ecological rule that describes how the number of species in a habitat changes with area, and shows how it has been applied to the conservation of protected areas.
Habitats are shrinking and becoming more fragmented due to human activities, leading to the loss of many species. One tool that scientists are using to conserve Earth's remaining biodiversity is the species-area relationship. The film begins with the story of ant biologist E. O. Wilson, who observed and tested the species-area relationship on islands. It then shows how Wilson's findings have been expanded and applied to "islands" on land, including habitat fragments in the Amazon rainforest and Rocky Mountains. These studies have revealed the importance of preserving and connecting protected areas for wildlife.
The “Abbreviated Film Guide” provides a short summary of the film, including key concepts.
An audio descriptive version of the film is available via our media player.
Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP), equilibrium, habitat fragmentation, island biogeography, protected area, species-area relationship, species richness, wildlife corridor, Yellow to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)
Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
HS-LS2.A, HS-LS2.C, HS-LS4.D, HS-ETS1.B
AP Biology (2019)
IB Biology (2016)
4.1, C.1, C.2, C.3, C.4
AP Environmental Science (2020)
Topic(s): 2.1, 2.3, 2.6, 9.9, 9.10
IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
2.1, 2.2, 3.3, 3.4
Vision and Change (2009)