We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.

The full article is available here as HTML.

Press Ctrl-C to copy

 The Red-shanked Douc
Langur, an Asian colobine monkey found in Viet Nam
and Laos, which is threatened
by hunting for food and
for body parts.
Forest mammals are an important source of protein for people across Asia, Africa and South America, but are increasingly under threat.

With road building and the spread of shotguns and wire snares, hunting is becoming more prevalent, making the bushmeat trade a greater threat to forest wildlife than deforestation. In West and Central Africa alone, for example, it's estimated that one million tonnes of forest animals are killed for meat each year.

In this article, John Whitfield reports on how conservationists are exploring the use of ecological models to manage the bushmeat trade. It appears that science can't solve the problem alone, but those involved are adamant that it is part of the solution.

Link to Nature feature article

Reference: Nature 421, 8 (2003)

See also:

Animal conservation 'must put people first', 10 April 2002
Africa's vanishing apes, 13 January 2002

Photo credit: © Bill Konstant