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Bushmeat hunting and extinction risk to the world's mammals

Ripple, William J, Abernethy, Katharine, Betts, Matthew G, Chapron, Guillaume, Dirzo, Rodolfo, Galetti, Mauro, Levi, Taal, Lindsey, Peter A, Macdonald, David W, Machovina, Brian, Newsome, Thomas, Peres, Carlos A, Wallach, Arian D, Wolf, Christopher and Young, Hillary 2016, Bushmeat hunting and extinction risk to the world's mammals, Royal Society open science, vol. 3, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1098/rsos.160498.

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Title Bushmeat hunting and extinction risk to the world's mammals
Author(s) Ripple, William J
Abernethy, Katharine
Betts, Matthew G
Chapron, Guillaume
Dirzo, Rodolfo
Galetti, Mauro
Levi, Taal
Lindsey, Peter A
Macdonald, David W
Machovina, Brian
Newsome, Thomas
Peres, Carlos A
Wallach, Arian D
Wolf, Christopher
Young, Hillary
Journal name Royal Society open science
Volume number 3
Article ID 160498
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Royal Society Publishing
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-10
ISSN 2054-5703
Keyword(s) bushmeat
extinction
hunting
mammals
wild meat
Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Tropical forests
Amazonian forests
Wildlife populations
African savanna
Seed dispersal
Central Gabon
Empty forest
Conservation
Impacts
Sustainability
Summary Terrestrial mammals are experiencing a massive collapse in their population sizes and geographical ranges around the world, but many of the drivers, patterns and consequences of this decline remain poorly understood. Here we provide an analysis showing that bushmeat hunting for mostly food and medicinal products is driving a global crisis whereby 301 terrestrial mammal species are threatened with extinction. Nearly all of these threatened species occur in developing countries where major coexisting threats include deforestation, agricultural expansion, human encroachment and competition with livestock. The unrelenting decline of mammals suggests many vital ecological and socio-economic services that these species provide will be lost, potentially changing ecosystems irrevocably. We discuss options and current obstacles to achieving effective conservation, alongside consequences of failure to stem such anthropogenic mammalian extirpation. We propose a multi-pronged conservation strategy to help save threatened mammals from immediate extinction and avoid a collapse of food security for hundreds of millions of people.
Language eng
DOI 10.1098/rsos.160498
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30089378

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