Zoos and Conservation: Moving Beyond a Piecemeal Approach

  • Tara S. Stoinski
  • Kristen E. Lukas
  • Michael Hutchins
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)

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...


Mountain Gorilla Western Lowland Gorilla Western Gorilla Park Staff Gorilla Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tara S. Stoinski
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kristen E. Lukas
    • 3
  • Michael Hutchins
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International AtlantaGeorgiaUSA
  2. 2.Zoo AtlantaAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Cleveland Metroparks Zoo ClevelandUSA
  4. 4.The Wildlife Society BethesdaMarylandUSA
  5. 5.Graduate Program in Conservation Biology Sustainable DevelopmentUniversity of Maryland College ParkMarylandUSA

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