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Most of the 24 million people who live within the forests of Central Africa consume the meat of wildlife, and for many it is the primary source of animal protein. 1 million metric tons of wildlife is killed for food in Central Africa each year.
West African wildlife populations have been so depleted by years of unsustainable hunting for meat that bushmeat is no longer the most important source of protein in families' diets, and rodents have become the most commonly eaten wild animals.
Though habitat loss is often cited as the primary cause of wildlife extinction, hunting for commercial markets has become the most immediate threat to the future of wildlife in the Congo Basin and has already resulted in widespread local extinctions in West Africa.