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201124Jul15:09

Con­ser­va­tion areas really pro­tect wildlife populations!

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pub­lished 24 July 2011 | mod­i­fied 31 March 2011
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The pres­ence of researchers, eco­tourists or rangers inside pro­tected areas have a pro­tec­tive effect for wildlife pop­u­la­tions, mainly by reduc­ing poach­ing pres­sure. This assump­tion has been proven to be true in Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire. The con­ser­va­tion ben­e­fits of the pres­ence of this long-​term research area has been researched. The wildlife sur­vey that has been con­ducted showed con­sid­er­ably higher wildlife encounter rates within the research area when com­pared with adja­cent areas.

Addi­tion­ally to this pos­i­tive effect, espe­cially pro­nounced for the endan­gered red colobus mon­key (Pro­colobus badius), les signs of poach­ing were observed. The study empha­sizes the value of estab­lish­ing long-​term research/​conservation sites as an inte­gral part of pro­tected area management.

(Source: Biol­ogy let­ters, 30.03.2011)

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