Opinion: Silverbacks and greenbacks: the catch-22 at the heart of gorilla conservation

September 5, 2015

Mountain gorillas in Uganda

Mountain gorillas in Uganda

Inspired by his encounter with Guy the gorilla at London Zoo 54 years ago, environmental scientist Associate Professor David Newsome recently went on a wildlife tour to Uganda.

In an article for The Conversation, Professor Newsome looks back on his thrilling experience and discusses the difficult catch-22 at the heart of gorilla tourism – gorilla conservation needs money and for that it needs tourists. But to get to Uganda,  Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo where the endangered gorilla species can be found,  tourists need to fly on a plane which requires fuel, and the oil industry has interests in each of these countries.

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