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Habitat Values and Endemicity in the Vanishing Rain Forests of Sri Lanka

abstract1 (full description below): Nature Vol. 265, Jan. 27, 1977, pg. 351-354
Vanishing Rain Forests of Sri Lanka. PDF/Acrobat file     1977. Falike Ranil Senanayake and Michael Soule.

Excerpt: In Sri Lanka (Ceylon), for example, the southern rain forests and montane forests contain a rich assemblage of endemic animals, but despite the protestations of the local conservationists, deforestation is rapidly destroying these habitats. One reason for government inaction is Sri Lanks, as elsewhere, may be the inability of conservationists to make an objective case for the value or uniqueness of these forests. In this paper, we propose some new approaches to this old problem.