Biomaterials in Gorilla Research and Conservation

  • Cathi Lehn
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)


Biomaterials are defined as any organic piece or derivative of a plant or animal and are used in many disciplines, including taxonomy and systematics, population genetics, reproductive sciences, nutrition, pathology, endocrinology, education, toxicology and veterinary medicine. Examples of biomaterials collected from animals include tissue, urine, feces, skulls, gametes, hair, and DNA. Biomaterials may be collected either from an animal in the wild or from an individual held in captivity (e.g., more than 300 western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) are held in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited zoological parks (D. Wharton, personal communication)). Biological samples such as hair, feces, or urine may be collected noninvasively by either the field biologist or by an animal keeper in a zoological park. Samples may also be collected by a veterinarian either when an animal is handled during a routine procedure or during a postmortem examination....


Gorilla Gorilla Mountain Gorilla Western Lowland Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Serum Biochemistry Profile 
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The author thanks Tara Stoinski for her invitation to contribute to this volume. I also thank Mike Cranfield, Randy Junge, Billy Karesh, Bruce Latimer, Naida Loskutoff, Lisa Starr, and two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments.


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