News & CommentEcology

Spreading the Profits--and the Pain--of Wildlife Protection

Science  24 Apr 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5363, pp. 511
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5363.511

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For Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) chief David Western, the struggle to keep one of Africa's premier guardians of biodiversity afloat (see main text) also amounts to a defense of his philosophy of involving communities in wildlife protection, an approach that he insists may be the only hope for saving Kenya's wildlife. But his approach has plenty of skeptics--among them the very communities he's trying to help.