A pistol-packing American scientist puts his life on the line to reduce "the most serious threat to African wildlife"--the illegal hunting of animals for food--and to STOP THE CARNAGE
Illegal hunting of wildlife for food is devastating wildlife across sub-Saharan Africa. SMITHSONIAN sent Australia-based writer Paul Raffaele to look into the problem, and report on the efforts of an American wildlife specialist to curb the killing. David Greer runs anti-poaching patrols in a Central African Republic park, risking his life virtually every day to protect some of Africa's most significant animals, including western lowland gorillas and forest elephants. He is based in the Dzanga-Sangha Dense Forest Special Reserve, home to one of the richest and most diverse assemblies of animals, birds, fish and insects on earth.
In the Congo Basin alone, Raffaele reports, up to five million metric tons of bushmeat are traded each year. Another threat to wildlife is infectious agents, including the deadly Ebola virus, which has stricken primates in central Africa. Some experts say that Ebola-contaminated bushmeat smuggled into the United States could trigger an Ebola outbreak here. "It's a crisis situation," one wildlife advocate says, "and that's why the anti-poaching program is vitally important."
Notice: TGS HiddenMysteries and/or the donor of this material may or may not agree with all the data or conclusions of this data. It is presented here 'as is' for your benefit and research. Material for these pages are sent from around the world. If by chance there is a copyrighted article posted which the author does not want read, email the webmaster and it will be removed. If proper credit for authorship is not noted please email the webmaster for corrections to be posted.