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New Report Finds Illegal Hunting and Trade of Wildlife in Savanna Africa Could Result in a ‘Conservation Crisi s’ if Unchecked

December 18, 2012 Comments off

New Report Finds Illegal Hunting and Trade of Wildlife in Savanna Africa Could Result in a ‘Conservation Crisis’ if Unchecked

Source: Panthera

A new report published today by Panthera confirms that widespread illegal hunting and the bushmeat trade occur more frequently and with greater impact on wildlife populations in the Southern and Eastern savannas of Africa than previously thought, and if unaddressed could potentially cause a ‘conservation crisis.’ The report challenges previously held beliefs of the impact of illegal bushmeat hunting and trade in Africa with new data from experts.

While the bushmeat trade has long been recognized as a severe threat to the food resources of indigenous peoples and to wildlife populations in the forests of West and Central Africa, far less attention has been focused on the issue in African savannas, in part due to the misconception that illegal hunting for bushmeat in African savannas is a small-scale phenomenon practiced for subsistence living.

See: Report — illegal hunting and trade of wildlife in savanna Africa may cause conservation crisis (Science Daily)

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