Chapter 12. Gorilla Tourism: A Critical Look

  1. E. J. Milner-Gulland3 and
  2. Ruth Mace4
  1. Thomas M. Butynski1 and
  2. Jan Kalina2

Published Online: 5 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313598.ch12

Conservation of Biological Resources

Conservation of Biological Resources

How to Cite

Butynski, T. M. and Kalina, J. (1998) Gorilla Tourism: A Critical Look, in Conservation of Biological Resources (eds E. J. Milner-Gulland and R. Mace), Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313598.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Ecosystems Analysis and Management Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Anthropology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Zoo Atlanta, Africa Biodiversity Conservation Program, National Museums of Kenya, PO Box 24434, Nairobi, Kenya

  2. 2

    Zoo Atlanta, Africa Biodiversity Conservation Program, PO Box 24434, Nairobi, Kenya

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 JUL 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780865427389

Online ISBN: 9781444313598



  • gorilla tourism and risks;
  • nature tourism as sustainable 'tool' for conserving species;
  • nature tourism and conservation problem;
  • free-ranging, habituated great apes and tourist activity expansion;
  • great ape species, gorilla Gorilla gorilla tourism;
  • gorilla as endangered species and threats to gorillas;
  • gorilla tourism programmes in Western Rift Valley in Central Mrica;
  • Kahuzi-Biega National Park (DRC);
  • Virunga Conservation Area (Rwanda, Uganda, nRC);
  • gorilla tourism and high revenue 'leakage' and economic inequity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The gorilla

  • Threats to gorillas

  • Gorilla tourism case studies

  • Benefits of gorilla tourism

  • Problems and risks of gorilla tourism

  • Conclusions