Illegal Hunting And Bushmeat Trade Could Lead To Ecological Collapse In Southern Africa Report

Southern Africa threatened with Ecological Collapse through Illegal Hunting and Bushmeat Trade

A new report indicates that urgent intervention is required to protect Africa’s large mammalian icons from an increased scale and severity in threat from hunting. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) States, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe met in Johannesburg to coordinate response.

Africa’s iconic large carnivores, such as cheetah, lion, leopard, and wild dog, are particularly vulnerable to this practice, either because they are caught in the bycatch from unselective methods such as snaring, or due to loss of prey. The report says that the scale and severity of the threat is such that, without urgent intervention, one of SADC’s most valuable resources will be lost across vast areas of the region.

Dr. Sarah Durant of ZSL/WCS, said: “The continued survival of cheetah across large tracts of their range in the SADC region depends on finding ways to ensure that bushmeat extraction is sustainable.”

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