World Wildlife Day is celebrated every year on 3rd March. This year's theme is "Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet", highlighting the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystem services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally.
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.
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.
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.