Like other fields of science, wildlife conservation is a changing field. Threats facing wild populations of apes and other species a few decades ago are likely not the same ones most pressing today, and, even where threats have remained unchanged, more effective means of addressing them are now available. Conservation in the 21st Century: Gorillas as a Case Study draws on the expertise of field scientists in a variety of disciplines to discuss current conservation threats, new approaches to conservation, and potential solutions to conservation using gorillas as a focal species. The first section of the book presents an in depth assessment of the current status of wild gorilla populations, the second and third sections present several novel approaches to conservation that have been explored at several field sites, including new conceptual and technological tools, and also examines the pros and cons of some generally accepted "solutions" (e.g., ecotourism) to conservation issues. Chapters in the final section take a broader view by exploring the role international and national political entities, and non-government organizations, including zoos, can and must play in gorilla conservation. Given the current conservation crisis facing gorillas, and wildlife in general, this book is essential reading for primatologists, biologists, and conservationists searching for both a current assessment of the gorilla s conservation status and, importantly, for ideas and tools that show promise of halting or reversing population declines and putting us on a path to achieving a stable, long-term co-existence of human and wildlife populations. This volume identifies the primary problems faced in conserving wild populations of gorillas throughout Africa, pinpointing new approaches to solving these problems and outlining the increased role that zoos can play in gorilla conservation. It includes the in-depth expertise of field scientists in a variety of disciplines to discuss current conservation threats, novel approaches to conservation, and potential solutions.
Current Status of Gorillas.- Current Status of Wild Gorilla Populations and Strategies for Their Conservation.- Approaches-On the Ground.- Conservation Medicine for Gorilla Conservation.- Sanctuaries and Reintroduction: A Role in Gorilla Conservation?.- Responsible Tourism: A Conservation Tool or Conservation Threat?.- Chimpanzee Conservation and Theatre: A Case Study of an Awareness Project Around the Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire.- The Value of Long-Term Research: The Mountain Gorilla as a Case Study.- The Art and Zen of Camera Trapping.- Approaches-Tools.- An Experiment in Managing the Human Animal: The PHVA Process and Its Role in Conservation Decision-Making.- Approaches to Corridor Planning: Transitioning TAMARIN from Mata Atlantica to Madagascar.- Linking the Community Options Analysis and Investment Toolkit (COAIT), Consensys® and Payment for Environmental Services (PES): A Model to Promote Sustainability in African Gorilla Conservation.- An Integrated Geomatics Research Program for Mountain Gorilla Behavior and Conservation.- Biomaterials in Gorilla Research and Conservation.- Approaches-Building Regional and International Alliances.- Transboundary Conservation in the Virunga-Bwindi Region.- The Great Ape World Heritage Species Project.- Conservation Through Scientific Collaboration: Case Study-Western-gorilla.org.- Zoos and Conservation: Moving Beyond a Piecemeal Approach.- The Bushmeat Crisis Task Force (BCTF).
From the reviews:
"Conservation in the 21st Century is a collection of papers wherein authors summarize the threats faced by wild gorillas and describe the diverse conservation efforts in place to try and save them. The 17 chapters address a wide array of topics, ranging from census methods to international policy. ... the volume provides a wide-angle snapshot of the gorilla conservation landscape. It will be useful to anyone interested in what's going on out there." (Kelly Stewart, International Journal of Primatology, Vol. 29, 2008)
This volume identifies the primary problems faced in conserving wild populations of gorillas throughout Africa, pinpointing new approaches to solving these problems and outlining the increased role that zoos can play in gorilla conservation. It includes the in-depth expertise of field scientists in a variety of disciplines to discuss current conservation threats, novel approaches to conservation, and potential solutions.
Can serve as a "conservation handbook" for a variety of species, as well as providing specific information on current conservation issues faced by gorillas in the wild