11 Dec '11, 11am

Gorillas and Chimpanzees to end up on a plate | Conservation | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

Gorillas and Chimpanzees to end up on a plate | Conservation | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

The Max Planck Institute in Leipzig have surveyed 109 resource management areas in Africa for twenty years to reach profoundly disturbing conclusions. The future of our nearest relatives is in doubt. In order to literally combat (in some cases) the decline of the Great Apes, it is now necessary to quantify the effects of every conservation measure. In that way, we can use resources to their best effect. The four different types of conservation are law enforcement guards; tourism; research and non-governmental organisations. In 16 countries throughout the continent, prolonged conservation measures do decrease the probability of ape extinction. Lack of law enforcement on the other hand, and to a much less degree, lack of tourism and research significantly increase the risks of disappearance in an area. "Remaining wilderness areas are disappearing at a rate which is unimagina...

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