The Road to Self-Sustaining Populations

  • Kurt Benirschke

Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Roger V. Short
    Pages 1-11
  3. Alexander H. Harcourt
    Pages 31-46
  4. Ulysses S. Seal, Nathan R. Flesness
    Pages 47-55
  5. Alison Jolly
    Pages 71-98
  6. David J. Chivers
    Pages 127-151
  7. Herman D. Rijksen
    Pages 153-159
  8. Charles H. Southwick, Donald G. Lindburg
    Pages 171-187
  9. Sung Wang, Guoqiang Quan
    Pages 213-220
  10. Russell A. Mittermeier
    Pages 221-240
  11. Marvin L. Jones
    Pages 251-260

About these proceedings


This conference represents the first time in my life when I felt it was a misfor­ tune, rather than a major cause of my happiness, that I do conservation work in New Guinea. Yes, it is true that New Guinea is a fascinating microcosm, it has fascinating birds and people, and it has large expanses of undisturbed rainforest. In the course of my work there, helping the Indonesian government and World Wildlife Fund set up a comprehensive national park system, I have been able to study animals in areas without any human population. But New Guinea has one serious drawback: it has no primates, except for humans. Thus, I come to this conference on primate conservation as an underprivileged and emotionally deprived observer, rather than as an involved participant. Nevertheless, it is easy for anyone to become interested in primate conserva­ tion. The public cares about primates. More specifically, to state things more realistically, many people care some of the time about some primates. Primates are rivaled only by birds, pandas, and the big cats in their public appeal. For some other groups of animals, the best we can say is that few people care about them, infrequently. For most groups of animals, no one cares about them, ever.


Rainforest Viruses environment forest logging microcosm

Editors and affiliations

  • Kurt Benirschke
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Zoological Society of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaLa JollaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9360-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-4918-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6625
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