Mountain Gorillas

Biology, Conservation, and Coexistence

Author: Gene Eckhart,Annette Lanjouw

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 9780801890116

Category: Science

Page: 320

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Mountain Gorillas features stunning photos and four appendices documenting key biological and ecological information, habitat vegetation, milestones in mountain gorilla conservation, and travel information.

Rendering Nature

Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics

Author: Marguerite S. Shaffer,Phoebe S. K. Young

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 081229145X

Category: History

Page: 416

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We exist at a moment during which the entangled challenges facing the human and natural worlds confront us at every turn, whether at the most basic level of survival—health, sustenance, shelter—or in relation to our comfort-driven desires. As demand for resources both necessary and unnecessary increases, understanding how nature and culture are interconnected matters more than ever. Bridging the fields of environmental history and American studies, Rendering Nature examines the surprising interconnections between nature and culture in distinct places, times, and contexts over the course of American history. Divided into four themes—animals, bodies, places, and politics—the essays span a diverse array of locations and periods: from antebellum slave society to atomic testing sites, from gorillas in Central Africa to river runners in the Grand Canyon, from white sun-tanning enthusiasts to Japanese American incarcerees, from taxidermists at the 1893 World's Fair to tents on Wall Street in 2011. Together they offer new perspectives and conceptual tools that can help us better understand the historical realities and current paradoxes of our environmental predicament. Contributors: Thomas G. Andrews, Connie Y. Chiang, Catherine Cocks, Annie Gilbert Coleman, Finis Dunaway, John Herron, Andrew Kirk, Frieda Knobloch, Susan A. Miller, Brett Mizelle, Marguerite S. Shaffer, Phoebe S. K. Young

Among Chimpanzees

Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives

Author: Nancy J. Merrick

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807084913

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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Foreword by Jane Goodall A former student and colleague of Jane Goodall shares stories of chimps and their heroes, and takes readers on a journey to save man’s closest relative. Unbeknownst to much of the public, chimps are in trouble: censuses show them to be extinct in four African countries and nearly so in ten others. A large percentage of the remaining populations live in unprotected, increasingly fragmented forests. When Nancy Merrick learned these startling facts in 2009, she decided it was past time to discover the extent to which chimpanzees are at risk across Africa and what can be done. Merrick had begun working with primates in 1972 as a young field assistant in Jane Goodall’s famous Gombe camp. Like the rest of the world at the time, she was swept up in the excitement of discovering the remarkable world of chimpanzees—their ability to fashion tools, their dazzling intelligence, and their complex relationships and societies. From that moment on, her human-centered worldview shifted, and she became a devoted advocate for our closest genetic relatives. When Merrick returns to Africa decades later, she’s alarmed by how much has changed. Human activity, such as agriculture and logging, has encroached on natural habitats throughout equatorial Africa, endangering chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos. In an effort to understand what we can do to save great apes, Merrick connects with primatologists and conservationists who are trying to protect the last great forests. Visits to some of Africa’s parks, sanctuaries, and expanding agricultural areas reveal the urgency of the problems and the inspiration of the people leading the search for solutions. Along the way, Merrick demonstrates that the best hope for chimps and other great apes lies in connecting conservation to humanitarian efforts, ensuring a healthy future for animals and humans alike. Among Chimpanzees is at once an inspiring chronicle of Merrick’s personal search to learn how chimps are faring across Africa and in captivity, a crucial eyewitness account of a very critical period in their existence, and a rousing call for us to join the efforts to be a voice for the chimpanzees, before it’s too late. From the Hardcover edition.

The Year of the Gorilla

Author: George B. Schaller

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226736474

Category: Science

Page: 273

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This seminal work chronicles George B. Schaller’s two years of travel and observation of gorillas in East and Central Africa in the late 1950s, high in the Virunga volcanoes on the Zaire-Rwanda-Uganda border. There, he learned that these majestic animals, far from being the aggressive apes of film and fiction, form close-knit societies of caring mothers and protective fathers watching over playful young. Alongside his observations of gorilla society, Schaller celebrates the enforced yet splendid solitude of the naturalist, recounts the adventures he experienced along the way, and offers a warning against poaching and other human threats against these endangered creatures. This edition features a postscript detailing Schaller’s more recent visits with gorillas, current to 2009. “Whether the author is tracking gorillas, slipping past elephant herds on narrow jungle paths, avoiding poachers’ deadfalls, or routing Watusi invaders, this is an exciting book. Although Schaller feels that this is ‘not an adventure book,’ few readers will be able to agree.”—Irven DeVore, Science

Trade-offs in Conservation

Deciding What to Save

Author: Nigel Leader-Williams,William M. Adams,Robert J. Smith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444348108

Category: Science

Page: 432

View: 2001

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This book demonstrates that trade-offs can be very important for conservationists. Its various chapters show how and why trade-offs are made, and why conservationists need to think very hard about what, if anything, to do about them. The book argues that conservationists must carefully weigh up, and be explicit about, the trade-offs that they make every day in deciding what to save. Key Features: Discusses the wider non-biological issues that surround making decisions about which species and biogeographic areas to prioritise for conservation Focuses on questions such as: What are these wider issues that are influencing the decisions we make? What factors need to be included in our assessment of trade-offs? What package of information and issues do managers need to consider in making a rational decision? Who should make such decisions? Part of the Conservation Science and Practice book series This volume is of interest to policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and postgraduate students who are concerned about making decisions that include recognition of trade-offs in conservation planning.

Die Denker des Dschungels

Author: Gerd Schuster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783833146220

Category: Bornean orangutan

Page: 320

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Orangutans are among our nearest relatives in the animal realm. They are approximately 97 percent genetically identical, highly intelligent, thoughtful and inventive. They have culture and a sense of beauty, and they resemble us in mimicry, gesturing and many other respects. The red apes, which live only on Borneo and Sumatra, are as much "human" as humans and therefore probably too good for this world. They are as strong as bears, but they do not fight against poachers and the bands of men logging for the palm oil concerns -- and are remorselessly slaughtered. This is an uncommon portrait of the orangutan's reality, that goes much farther than simple zoology. Based on the singular personal experiences of Dr. Willie Smits, who probably knows orangutans best in the world, the book reveals the well-established but pitiless reasons for the murder of our shaggy cousins -- and shows where there is nevertheless still hope. -- From the book jacket, translated by the cataloger.

Biosystematik

Author: Guillaume Lecointre,Hervé Le Guyader

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3540299793

Category: Science

Page: 696

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Wussten Sie, dass Sie mit einem Röhrling näher verwandt sind als mit einem Gänseblümchen oder Vögel den Krokodilen näher sind als Eidechsen? In den letzten 30 Jahren sind die Methoden der Klassifikation des Lebens völlig neu überdacht worden. Das Resultat stellt die bisherige Einteilung der mehr als 2 Millionen bekannten Arten auf den Kopf. Das Buch hilft, die organismische Vielfalt zu bewältigen, indem wesentliche Einteilungs- und Ordnungskriterien vorgestellt und bedeutende stammesgeschichtliche Entwicklungslinien diskutiert werden.

Die Letzten ihrer Art

eine Reise zu den aussterbenden Tieren unserer Erde

Author: Douglas Adams,Mark Carwardine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453061156

Category:

Page: 269

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Nach der Natur

das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur

Author: Ursula K. Heise

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518260340

Category: Extinction (Biology)

Page: 189

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Tribe

Das verlorene Wissen um Gemeinschaft und Menschlichkeit

Author: Sebastian Junger

Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag

ISBN: 3641203619

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Unser Trauma: eine Gesellschaft ohne Gemeinschaft. »Entbehrungen machen dem Menschen nichts aus, er ist sogar auf sie angewiesen; worunter er jedoch leidet, ist das Gefühl, nicht gebraucht zu werden. Die moderne Gesellschaft hat die Kunst perfektioniert, Menschen das Gefühl der Nutzlosigkeit zu geben. Es ist an der Zeit, dem ein Ende zu setzen.« Sebastian Junger Warum beschließen Soldaten nach ihrer Rückkehr aus dem Krieg und in die Heimat, sich zu neuen Einsätzen zu melden? Warum sind Belastungsstörungen und Depressionen in unserer modernen Gesellschaft so virulent? Warum erinnern sich Menschen oft sehnsüchtiger an Katastrophenerfahrungen als an Hochzeiten oder Karibikurlaube? Mit Tribe hat Sebastian Junger eines der meistdiskutierten Werke des Jahres vorgelegt. Er erklärt, was wir von Stammeskulturen über Loyalität, Gemeinschaftsgefühl und die ewige Suche des Menschen nach Sinn lernen können.

Tiere

Kulturwissenschaftliches Handbuch

Author: Roland Borgards

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3476053725

Category: Social Science

Page: 327

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Cultural Animal Studies sind ein neuer interdisziplinärer Forschungsbereich, der sich ausgehend vom angloamerikanischen Sprachraum auch in der deutschen Wissenschaftslandschaft etabliert. Dabei handelt es sich nicht nur um ein thematisches Feld sondern um ein neues theoretisches Paradigma und um einen methodischen Zugriff (animal turn). Einerseits erscheint das Tier als eine Projektionsfläche für menschliche Vorstellungen; es ist Produkt seiner Züchtungen, seiner Experimente und seiner menschlichen Repräsentationen. Daher impliziert die Frage nach dem Tier immer zugleich auch die Frage nach dem Menschen. Andererseits werden Tiere auch als eigenständige Akteure in historischen und kulturellen Prozesse konzipiert. Das Handbuch Tiere gibt einen umfassenden Überblick über das Forschungsfeld der Cultural Animal Studies sowie über seine theoretischen und methodischen Prämissen. Es widmet sich den Tieren in Geschichte, Philosophie und Künsten und zeigt die konstitutive Bedeutung der Tiere in Mythologie, Religion und Ethnologie.

Parke für das Leben

Aktionsplan für Schutzgebiete in Europa

Author: Iucn Commission On National Parks And Protected Areas Cnppa

Publisher: IUCN

ISBN: 9782831702445

Category:

Page: 150

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