Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Rafael de Sa


As a library research project, this thesis has gone beyond research in the library, and it could not have been possible without the aid of several people. First I must thank the organizations which responded to my request for information: the Center for Environmental Information, the Rainforest Action Network, the World Wildlife Fund, and Conservation International Specifically, Jill McLaughlin in the Communications Department of CI was· most gracious in sending me management plans for parks in Brazil and Madagascar. Carla Langeveld of the WWF, was very helpful during my visit to their library, and subsequently in my request for the South African report. I owe the most to my advisor, Dr. Rafael de Sa, who has also offered me resources in addition to his guidance. I am most thankful to him for informing me about a conference meeting in Washington, DC in October, 1997. I was fortunate to attend one day of this conference, Nature and Human Society: The Quest for a Sustainable World. There I had the opportunity to gain more invaluable resources for my research. What was more meaningful, however, was being able to listen to some of the most renowned professionals in the field of Conservation Biology, with the hope that someday I can make as much of a difference as they have.

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