Abstract # 403 Event # 121:

Scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2002 01:30 PM-03:15 PM: Session 14 (Room 18, Cox Convention Center) Workshop


GorillaS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: NOVEL APPROACHES TO CONSERVATION

H. D. Steklis1,2 and T. S. Stoinski2,3
1Rutgers University and Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Department of Anthropology, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0270, USA, 2Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Atlanta, GA, 3TECHlab, Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
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     Like other fields of science, wildlife conservation is a changing field. Threats facing wild populations of apes and other species, say twenty years ago, are likely not the same ones most pressing today, and, even where threats have remained unchanged, more effective means of addressing them may be available now. Conservation scientists have learned from many years of experience and both theoretical and technological advances today provide conservation tools not available in the past. The purpose of this workshop is to explore, in the context of past successes and failures, novel approaches, including new technologies, to the conservation of wild Gorilla (Gorilla species) and primate populations, many of which are endangered. Speakers will address a series of topics including: the PHVA process as a conservation tool, the costs and benefits of eco-tourism, the Conservation Trust Fund experience in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, bio-banking genetic diversity as a conservation tool, camera traps for monitoring and biodiversity studies, re-educating poachers in Cameroon, the community conservation experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo, GIS as a conservation tool, behavior, demography and conservation, and links between Gorilla and human health.