Abstract # 120:

Scheduled for Friday, August 1, 2003 01:30 PM-02:30 PM: (Science Theatres 148) Featured Speaker


IN THE KINGDOM OF GORILLAS: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION IN RWANDA, 1978-PRESENT

A. Vedder and W. Weber
Wildlife Conservation Society, International Conservation, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460
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     By 1978, the western world was fascinated by mountain gorillas: significant scientific information was known about their social behavior, and through popular media the general public had been introduced to their intimate family lives. However, despite cries of alarm about their dwindling population, little was known about the causes of this decline, nor were activities in place to counter perceived threats. Dr. Amy Vedder, co-author of In The Kingdom of Gorillas: Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land, will describe 25 years of work with Rwanda's mountain gorillas. Beginning with basic ecological and social science research, and extending to applied conservation activities, she will discuss her interactions with wild mountain gorillas, as well as their fate in relationship to local and national interests, economics, war and genocide. She will draw heavily from her book as she presents an integrated and holistic approach to the practice of conservation, and both the science and passion that can promote success.