May 2013 Discover Magazine article from Apes Inc’s Peter Walsh discussing the need for human interference in Western Lowland Gorilla conservation.
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM: It’s best for gorillas if they have little to do with humans. CONTRARY VIEW: Tracking great apes for eco-tourism purposes can protect the species.
For years, scientists have attached tracking devices to a variety of animals, but they have mostly steered clear of tagging great apes. In recent years, conservationists have worried that habituating gorillas, specifically, to humans is unwise since we are among the greatest threats to the species’ survival…
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