Primate tourism: a tool for conservation?

Primate tourism: a tool for conservation? Anne E. Russon, Janette Wallis.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Octavo, laminated boards, black and white photographs.

Primate tourism is a growing occurrence, with increasing pressure coming from the private sector, governments, and conservation agencies. At the same time, some primate sites are working to exclude or severely restrict tourism because of problems that have developed as a result. Indeed, tourism has proven to have some negative consequences for primates such as disease, stress, social disruption, vulnerability to poachers, and interference with rehabilitation and reintroduction. Bringing together interdisciplinary expertise in wildlife/nature tourism and primatology, experts present and discuss their accumulated experience from individual primate sites open to tourists, formal studies of primate-focused tourism, and trends in nature and wildlife tourism. Chapters offer species- and site-specific assessments, weighing conservation benefits against costs, and suggesting strategies for the development of informed guidelines for ongoing and future primate tourism ventures. Primate Tourism has been written for primatologists, conservationists and other scientists and tourism professionals.

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