375 pages, 40 illus
Like other fields of science, wildlife conservation is a changing field. Threats facing wild populations of apes and other species, say 20 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.
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 expertise of field scientists in a variety of disciplines to discuss current conservation threats, novel approaches to conservation, and potential solutions.
The book, while focused on gorillas, serves 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.
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)
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