Ecotourism: A zoonotic (forensic) garden of Eden?

Journal of Forensic Research

ISSN: 2157-7145

Open Access

Ecotourism: A zoonotic (forensic) garden of Eden?

5th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology

October 31-November 02, 2016 San Francisco, USA

Jeanne Marie Stumpf-Carome

Kent State University, USA

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Forensic Res

Abstract :

Aspects of ongoing research exploring ecotourism practices related to â??savingâ? endangered primates from extinction are considered in this presentation. Between July, 2008 and July 2015, ecotours to Sabah, Rwanda, Kenya, Madagascar, and Uganda were undertaken. The specific focus of these travels has been to explore the touristâ??s participation in ecotourism practices geared toward the rehabilitation of orphaned and/or rescued primates, including environmental solutions, such as, habitat protection of endangered primates, i.e., orangutans, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and lemurs. This presentation focuses on several features of ecotourism travel and practices: Location, logistics and participation. In light of the consideration of emerging infectious diseases relating to zoonotic transmission, wildlife-to-human and/or human-to-wildlife, this presentation is offered as an opportunity for a forensic window for possible vectors of transmission. Ecotourism specific locations are usually out-of-the-range of local travel for the tourist while within a biome unique to wildlife which is â??exoticâ? enough to be domiciled in zoological and research settings worldwide, and either unique by declining numbers and/or designation at some level of endangerment. Already, there is a rich literature emphasizing location and emerging pathogens which underscores these issues. Explored are some of the characteristics required to participate in this form of tourism, e.g., physical, financial, social, and emotional highlighted, as an aspect of this specialized travel, are participant experiences encountering wildlife. Although the activities are designed for group participation, variations in participation exist as described. This authorâ??s experiences in these varied settings are expanded upon in consideration of possible vectors for disease transmission.

Biography :

Jeanne Marie Stumpf-Carome completed her PhD at University of California, Berkeley, following an MA in Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University in 1978 and an MS in Urban Studies, Cleveland State University in 1980. She has pursued Post-graduate study at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland from 1999 to the present. She is an Associate Professor teaching anthropology and sociology course. She is a Fulbright Scholar during 1988-89 in Singapore. She is the country specialist for Amnesty International USA, for Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei from 1996 to present. She is the first Executive Director of The Flats Oxbow Association in Cleveland, Ohio.


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