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The black panther is not a species, but rather a melanistic (opposite of albino) leopard: Is it important to know the scientific information about a creature to fully appreciate it?

The black panther is not a species, but rather a melanistic (opposite of albino) leopard: Is it important to know the scientific information about a creature to fully appreciate it?
  • History and information adds to interest

    The background and scientific findings about animals and species can be fascinating to learn. There are so many different animals, wildlife, fish, insects, etc. that inhabit the earth that learning about how the black panther leopard is another bit of history and evolution that can appeal to many students in school.

  • Evidence for Genes

    To know that the black panther is a type of leopard, changes the way we can think about not only the creature but genes. It can be used as an example of how what is essentially a genetic mutation can become part of a dominate gene pool. It suggests that perhaps not only mechanistic but also, perhaps, albinism can be bred into offspring. It can also provide insight into how humans also created genetic mutations such as red hair or blue eyes.

  • Yes, knowing more about an animal's biology means you understand why it's important to the ecosystem.

    One reason that habitat preservation and conservation programs have been successful is that conservators understand the biological needs of specific ecosystems. In order to maintain and restore one, project managers and workers have to understand how, for instance, an animal's color and patternation depend on the right nutrition, cover, water sources, etc. What makes a black panther black must be present in the ecosystem where it lives for it to be healthy.

  • It leads to better decisions.

    Scientists need to know the truth about different species and the intricacies of those species in order to make the best decisions about how to protect those species. These species are interesting and it's helpful to learn all that we can about them in order to fully appreciate how complex they are.

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