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In Africa, forest is often referred to as 'the bush,' thus wildlife and the meat derived from it is referred to as 'bushmeat.' This term applies to all wildlife species, a number of which are threatened or endangered including the elephant, gorilla, chimpanzee, forest antelope, and porcupines; although habitat loss is often cited as the primary cause of wildlife extinction, commercial hunting for the meat of wild animals has become the most immediate threat to the future of wildlife in the Congo basin. [more]

Bushmeat Topics:

Bushmeat Links:

  • Bushmeat Crisis Task Force - Solutions to the commercial exploitation of threatened species. Site includes research material, fact sheets, current news and global activities.
  • Reports from Cameroon bushmeat trip - Documentation from a wildlife conservationist in Cameroon assessing two projects and supporting the production of a documentary film.
  • The Bushmeat Project - Established to develop and support community-based partnerships that will help the people of Central Africa to develop alternatives to hunting the Great Apes.

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