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Biologist Pete Goodman works with the Natal Parks Board in Mkuze Park. He is the country's leading advocate of a new way to manage wildlife parks in South Africa. Although South Africa's animals once roamed the wild open spaces, the country's growing human population mans that all large animals now live within the restricted boundaries of fences.

Instead of managing South Africa's wildlife species-by-species, Goodman advocates practices that keep nature itself going. If, for example, a water hole dries up, Goodman believes it should be left dry. "Some animals may not make it," he says, "but the system, as a whole, benefits when natural selection and survival of the fittest take place."

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