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Primate Tourism
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Primate tourism is a growing phenomenon, with increasing pressure coming from several directions: the private sector, governments, and conservation agencies. At the same time, some primate sites are working to exclude or severely restrict tourism because of problems that have developed as a result. Indeed, tourism has proven costly to primates due to factors such as disease, stress, social disruption, vulnerability to poachers, and interference with rehabilitation and reintroduction. Bringing together interdisciplinary expertise in wildlife/nature tourism and primatology, experts present and discuss their accumulated experience from individual primate sites open to tourists, formal studies of primate-focused tourism, and trends in nature and wildlife tourism. Chapters offer species- and site-specific assessments, weighing conservation benefits against costs, and suggesting strategies for the development of informed guidelines for ongoing and future primate tourism ventures. Primate Tourism has been written for primatologists, conservationists and other scientists. It is also relevant to tourists and tourism professionals.


'Primate Tourism gives an excellent overview of the experiences with primate tourism, the positive and negative effects, and it provides recommendations for the solution of the problems.'

Source: Gorilla Journal

'… this volume stands out in the breadth and depth of its studies and recommendations while providing much-needed perspective on the scope of the challenges facing primate tourism.'

Source: Primates

'The book illustrates well the complexity and diversity of primate tourism and its effects on primates, showing the difference in tourist settings, the variation across primate species in how they respond to tourism, as well as the difficulty more generally in assessing the impacts of primate tourism because of the different time scales over which these might occur … currently the most comprehensive book about primate tourism, which excellently presents the current state of knowledge of this poorly studied field … this book will be of great use for anyone interested in primate tourism, from researchers to students to tourism professionals. It is a must-have in your library.'

Laëtitia Maréchal Source: Primate Eye

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