More than trees – Why Forests need Gorillas

In their 2010 article in UNEP’s ‘Our Planet’,  several conservationists including by then the Year of Gorilla Ambassador Ian Redmond, Moses Mapesa of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Aggrey Rwetsiba of Rwanda Development Board describe in a compelling manner the crucial role played by great apes and other large mammals in forests.

They function as seed dispensers and are essential for many plant species’ life-cycles and the long-term integrity of forest ecosystems. As illustrated by the example of gorilla watching tourism in Uganda, they can also make a major contribution economically, and are worth much more alive than dead.

Here are the reasons why forests need gorillas and this piece contains a bounty of additional information.

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