Human impacts, disease risk, and population dynamics in the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

The introduction of new diseases can have devastating effects. For example, Eurasian diseases such as smallpox and measles killed millions of Native Americans following the Spanish conquest [Crosby, 1972; Diamond, 1997; McNeill, 1977]. A grave concern facing primatologists is that by habituating primates to human presence for close observation, we have… CONTINUE READING