Conservation in the 21st Century: Gorillas as a Case Study by T.S. Stoinski, H. D. Steklis, P.T. Mehlman

By T.S. Stoinski, H. D. Steklis, P.T. Mehlman

This quantity identifies the first difficulties confronted in preserving wild populations of gorillas all through Africa, pinpointing new ways to fixing those difficulties and outlining the elevated position that zoos can play in gorilla conservation. It comprises the in-depth services of box scientists in a number of disciplines to debate present conservation threats, novel ways to conservation, and strength ideas.

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A number of socioeconomic impediments, common to most developing nations, have been exacerbated in the DRC by the cruel exploitation policies of the Belgian colonials, the Mobutu regime, and finally the recent civil wars of the last decade: poverty, disease, malnutrition, unemployment, lack of education, lack of medical care, and corruption. The regional and civil wars have added genocide, massacres, rape, starvation, child soldiers, destruction of property, and the disintegration of civil society to produce little more than anarchy.

The Cross River gorillas by virtue of their small size and ongoing threats are the most critically endangered. Western lowland gorilla populations may likely be at higher risk than Grauer’s gorillas for extirpation of many large, local populations, although present threats and circumstances could change at any time. The Virunga and Bwindi gorillas are somewhat more secure as a result of long-term, intensive conservation interventions, but both are at-risk by virtue of their small size and from threats due to human population pressure and the potential for local- and touristbased cross-transmission of disease (MGVP/WCS, Chapter 2, this volume).

The Cross River gorillas by virtue of their small size and ongoing threats are the most critically endangered. Western lowland gorilla populations may likely be at higher risk than Grauer’s gorillas for extirpation of many large, local populations, although present threats and circumstances could change at any time. The Virunga and Bwindi gorillas are somewhat more secure as a result of long-term, intensive conservation interventions, but both are at-risk by virtue of their small size and from threats due to human population pressure and the potential for local- and touristbased cross-transmission of disease (MGVP/WCS, Chapter 2, this volume).

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