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Socioecology and Gorilla Conservation

Alexander H. Harcourt

in Gorilla Society

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780226316024
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226316048 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226316048.003.0014
Socioecology and Gorilla Conservation

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Africa's gorilla numbers are going to crash in this century. However, the dedication of some of Africa's conservationists and the remarkable story of the success of mountain gorilla conservation in eastern Africa are grounds for hope. This chapter discusses the conservation of gorillas and the relevance of socioecology to conservation. It addresses a host of important questions: What are the threats that cause conservation to be necessary? What should we conserve? What ecosystems, communities, species, and populations are most in need of conservation? Does the gorilla need a special conservation effort? How much do we need to conserve? Where should we implement the conservation effort? How should we conserve? Stories of the gorilla's demise in the wild in the next twenty-five years are grossly exaggerated. Gorillas are going to be around for a lot longer than is the Sumatran orangutan. Over the next one hundred years, however, we cannot see any alternative scenario to a huge crash in gorilla numbers as forest outside of reserves is destroyed.

Keywords: gorillas; socioecology; Africa; conservation; ecosystems

Chapter.  14926 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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