The majority of gorilla selfies that researchers found on Instagram violated social distancing rules meant to keep the endangered great apes safe.
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Graeme Green speaks with local experts about why wildlife protection in Africa and Asia must push beyond relying on international visitors and foreign professionals towards sustainable, locally led initiatives.
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When a scabies outbreak among a gorilla population was linked back to the hygiene habits of the local communities they lived near, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka quickly learned that the conservation of the species was even more intimately linked to humans than previously thought.
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New research has found that tourists' selfies may be putting mountain gorillas at risk of contracting COVID-19. Primate conservation experts at Oxford Brookes University in the UK studied nearly 1,000 Instagram posts from people visiting the species in East Africa.
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“They don’t have anything to eat”: Conservation Through Public Health is on a mission to save Uganda’s gorillas from poaching by providing food to vulnerable communities.
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