Zoos and Conservation: Moving Beyond a Piecemeal Approach
The Contribution of AZA Institutions to Gorilla Conservation
With approximately 360 western lowland gorillas (Gorilla g. gorilla) in 52 North American zoos, institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have both an opportunity and responsibility to make meaningful contributions to the in situconservation of gorillas. Numerous chapters within this volume have illustrated the extreme threats facing wild populations of gorillas and the urgent need for new and expanded approaches to their conservation. We believe zoos have an important role to play in gorilla conservation but to date have not sufficiently met this challenge. Many institutions have identified opportunities for supporting research and conservation of gorillas in the wild, but the approach has been largely piecemeal in that zoos have not coordinated efforts, integrated information, or pooled resources to maximize returns on investments. A cooperative, collaborative approach is needed to ensure...
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