Conservation Through Scientific Collaboration: Case Study—

  • Emma J. Stokes
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)


It is widely recognized that well-focused research by conservation biologists and scientists in related fields can yield important information and planning guidelines for conservation and wildlife managers (e.g., Soulé and Kohm, 1989; Groves et al., 2002; Salfasky et al., 2002).

As the human population continues to increase, the political and physical landscape of the natural world is in constant flux, and increasing demands are placed on the Earth's natural resources. As a result, priorities for research must similarly adapt. The opportunities to study large, undisturbed ecosystems and predominately intact animal populations are rapidly diminishing, and whole populations are disappearing before their basic biology and functional relationships with other species are even documented. As such, conservation biologists are under increasing pressure to focus their efforts on research that can deliver important and useful results quickly (e.g., Soulé and Orians, 2001). Time...


Scientific Collaboration Mountain Gorilla Evolutionary Anthropology Western Lowland Gorilla Western Gorilla 
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I thank in particular the organizers of the workshop, Caroline Tutin, Christophe Boesch, and Diane Doran. I also thank Peter Walsh for his significant contribution during and after the workshop and to Mark Gately for developing and updating the website. The success of the workshop was in large part due to its participants: Kate Abernethy, Magdalena Bermejo, Allard Blom, Brenda Bradley, Chloe Cippoletta, Stephen Clifford, Jacqui Groves, Daniel Idiata Manbounga, Marie Laure Klein, Stephanie Latour, Alistair McNeilage, Florence Magliocca, Kelly McFarland, Tomo Nishihara, John Oates, Richard Parnell, Melissa Remis, Martha Robbins, Emma Stokes, Linda Vigilant, Liz Williamson, and Juichi Yamagiwa, with guests Nicola Anthony, Richard Bergl, Angelique Todd, and Jean Wickings. The workshop was hosted by the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology and funded by a grant from the USFWS Great Ape Conservation Fund. Finally, thank you to Tara Stoinski for representing the goals of at the AZA meeting in September 2002 and for inviting this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma J. Stokes
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  1. 1.Wildlife Conservation Society Nouabalé-Ndoki ProjectBrazzavilleRepublic of Congo

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