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What conservation issues were troubling Oryx authors, readers and members of Fauna & Flora International 10, 25 and 50 years ago? These glimpses are taken from the online Oryx archive.

Oryx cover July 2005

10 years ago: Should conservationists pay more attention to corruption?

Corruption is known to limit economic development and fuel poverty but it may also hinder conservation efforts and contribute to biodiversity loss. This article explore some of the ways that corruption may affect conservation, arguing that corruption has potentially significant implications that should be tackled directly. Research into the topic lags behind that in other sectors and empirical studies are scarce and underdeveloped. The result is that, whilst some academics and practitioners cite corruption as a threat to biodiversity and call for efforts to increase transparency and accountability, we currently know little regarding the nature and magnitude of any effects it may have. Robert Smith & Matt Walpole (2005) Oryx, 39(3), 251–256.

Oryx cover July 1990

25 years ago: A new population of de Brazza's monkey in Kenya

Until recently, de Brazza's monkey Cercopithecus neglectus was not known to occur in the Kakamega and Kisere forests of western Kenya. Four groups of successfully breeding de Brazza's monkeys have now been identified with a possibility of more. Although this may make the future of this species in Kenya slightly less bleak, efforts to conserve these forests are desperately needed. Through the efforts of Kenya's President, about 4000 ha of these forests have been designated a national reserve, but this area is far too small to support the rare de Brazza's monkeys as well as many other threatened species of flora and fauna. The forests cover about 25,000 ha and more of this land should be set aside as a reserve. J.W Muriuki & M.H. Tsingalia (1990) Oryx, 24(3), 157–162.

Oryx cover August 1965

50 years ago: A future for Borneo's wildlife?

Independence for Malaysia and the resulting hostilities with Indonesia have led to changes affecting wildlife as well as humans and not always for the worse. Not only was the smuggling of animals via Singapore stopped dead, which particularly affected orang-utans, and the sale of firearms and ammunition drastically controlled, with already noticeable effects on some animal populations, but the new leaders feel strongly about national assets going out of the country, whether antiques or animals, with the result that more has been done for wildlife in the past 2 years man in decades before. The real killer, says the author, who is Curator of the Sarawak Museum, is timber felling with vastly accelerated techniques that can remove forests by a square mile per day. Tom Harrisson (1965) Oryx, 8(2), 99–104.


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