Bush Meat

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Bush Meat

  1. 1. BUSHMEAT, WHO CARES?
  2. 2. Bonobos are the closest living relative to a human being sharing 98 percent of our genetic profile. It is one of the last large mammals to be discovered by scientists and are now close to extinction. The social bonding of Bonobos is much like that of humans. They nurture their young until the age of seven but the offspring and parent live in the same group and retain a bond for life. Sex plays a large role in Bonobo societies and is used by males not only to reproduce but to reaffirm dominance, whereas females use sex to get what they want from the males, usually food.
  3. 3. Bonobos When the adults are poached in a lot of cases there are orphans
  4. 4. The leopard is the most cunning of all big cats, and is prized by poachers. Up to 500 leopards are killed every year for their fur in India alone. There are a staggering 800 Leopards left living in India and the numbers are declining. Due to the drastic decrease in Tiger numbers external pressure has substituted these magnificent animals as an alternative for Tiger bone in traditional Chinese medicines.
  5. 5. Leopards The young are left to fend for themselves after the mother has been killed
  6. 6. POACHING 1 Million metric tons of bushmeat comes from the Congo alone. Poaching is the most horrific and destructive and direct impacts on Animal populations. The high prices paid for bush meat drives the trade. A whole Bonobo can cost up to 40 USD smoked. These amazing animals are being slaughtered, in some cases for no apparent reason. The orphaned babies of dead mothers are torn away and sold as pets.
  7. 7. In Africa: 17 large animals are poached in 1 square metre of forest per year
  8. 8. 40 % OF ALL BUSHMEAT CAUGHT IS SOLD EXTERNALLY IN CAMEROON 86 % OF BUSHMEAT CAUGHT IN PERU IS SOLD EXTERNALLY 68 % OF ALL BUSHMEAT CAUGHT IN THE CONGO IS FOR THE EXTERNAL MARKET
  9. 9. Deforestation With 50 percent of the Congo commissioned to logging, the reduction in sustainable habitat is reducing daily. The conservation of this unique habitat is vital for the long term security of the animals that reside within it. Encroachment into the forested areas is becoming more frequent as development moves forward causing a higher chance of human/wildlife conflict.
  10. 10. Population Growth The growth of a population automatically increases pressure on food and fuel resources as well as the increasing the need for shelter. This factor alone has many implications, one of which has been the focus of attention within the scientific community for years. HIV/AIDS is the most well known Zoonosis. Zoonosis occurs when humans/animals reside in the same area and diseases can be spread from animals to humans and vice versa.
  11. 11. Populations in the Least developed countries have incresed tremendously and are still growing
  12. 12. A Villages Point Of View
  13. 13. IN THE FIELD The Leopard Project http://www.wwct.org/leopard.php The leopard project is dedicated to identifying the remaining numbers of leopards left in Sri lanka. They are currently trying to seek local government approval to support them in their aid to stop poaching
  14. 14. THE BONOBO PROJECT www.bonoboincongo.com The Bonobo project is working in the D.R. Congo to fight for a reserve where the animals will be safe. Talking to local chiefs about the reserve and getting them on their side to support this proposal with the local government. The Bonobo on the left was two weeks old and unfortunately didn’t survive without its mother.
  15. 15. Limbe Wildlife Centre http://www.limbewildlife.org/ The Limbe Wildlife Centre plays an active role in local conservation efforts by being actively involved in the implementation of the national wildlife protection laws and by providing a solution of where to place animals seized by law enforcement agencies. Additionally, by protecting and caring for the wild animals of Cameroon, the project provides one of the few opportunities for local people to see and learn about their own precious natural heritage and how they can take steps to ensure its conservation.
  16. 16. WE NEED TO STOP ILLEGAL POACHING AND HABITAT DESTRUCTION!!!! WE NEED TO EDUCATE THE VILLAGES AND FIND MORE SUSTAINABLE WAYS FOR THEM TO MOVE FORWARD. IF WE DON’T ACT NOW WE COULD LOSE OUR PRECIOUS WILDLIFE FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS. WHAT CAN YOU DO?
  17. 17. DON’T JUST SIT BACK DO SOMETHING TO HELP, GIVE WILDLIFE A CHANCE TO SURVIVE
  18. 18. JOIN NOGODODO JOIN THE FIGHT TO SAVE SOME OF THE MOST PRECIOUS HABITATS AND ANIMALS ON EARTH.

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