While most people are aware that elephants are poached for their ivory, many do not know that elephants are also a part of the bushmeat crisis. One elephant yields thousands of kilos of meat, which may be easier to sell in markets than elephant ivory.
Bushmeat training programs help build the capacity of wildlife and protected area managers dealing with the bushmeat crisis every day.
Commercial logging in Central and West Africa opens up roads and access to commercial hunters and can lead to wildlife populations’ decline.
(c.) D. Siddle
Young chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos are often orphaned by the bushmeat trade, when their parents are killed for their meat.
Humans share much of our DNA with great apes and monkeys like this black and white colobus. Bushmeat hunting exposes humans to diseases carried by non-human primates, and vice versa.
Crocodiles and other reptiles are also affected by the bushmeat crisis. Often captured and transported live, crocodiles can suffer a great deal before they are butchered.
From 1999 - 2009, the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force members and staff worked together to fulfill its mission of building a public, professional and government constituency aimed at identifying and supporting solutions that effectively respond to the bushmeat crisis in Africa and around the world. While the formal collaboration has ended, BCTF members and former staff continue to work in the field, on policy and with stakeholders around the world. The BCTF website continues to showcase the results of our decade of work and provides the Bushmeat IMAP's archive of bushmeat publications and projects.