TOOLS: Mapping Bushmeat Threats

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Science  13 Jan 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5758, pp. 153
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5758.153b

Commercial hunters pursuing “bushmeat” are decimating chimpanzees, gorillas, and other mammals in Central Africa. Since NetWatch's last visit (Science, 25 June 2004, p. 1883), the Web site of the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force has added a mapping feature that can help researchers gauge threats to these species and craft conservation strategies. The tool lets users chart the ranges of 33 animals that often end up in the cooking pot and overlay variables that affect species' vulnerability, such as human population density and the locations of major roads, reserves, and logging concessions. One example, for instance, shows that roads allowing hunters access to the forest crisscross the chimpanzees' range.

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