April 03, 2009
Commercial Hunters Seen As Bigger Threat To Great Apes

Market forces are wiping out our distant relatives.

Commercial hunters from towns are exacting a much bigger toll on great apes than subsistence hunters from small villages, according to an analysis of ape nest density near human settlements.

The finding that numbers of gorillas and chimpanzees appear to have dwindled twice as much near towns in Gabon than near villages supports a focus on conservation efforts that tackle commercial hunting over those that aim to convince villagers to give up subsistence hunting, says Hjalmar Kühl at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who conducted the study with colleagues.

The 2009 human population growth rate in Gabon is 1.934%. From 2007 to 2050 one projection has the Gabon population growing 56%. The hunting of the great apes and other primates will only intensify.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 April 03 11:48 PM  Trends Extinction

Kralizec said at April 12, 2009 2:14 PM:

The worst problems of conservation and environmental protection seem usually to be on continents other than North America.

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