Mongabay: What’s behind the 85% decline of mammals in West Africa’s parks? A recent, well-covered study found that African mammals populations are in steep decline in the continent’s protected areas. Large mammal populations over forty years have dropped by 59% on average in Africa [read an interview on the study here] and by 85% in west and central Africa, according to the study headed by Ian Craigie, which links the decline to continuing habitat degradation as well as hunting and human-wildlife conflict….
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What’s behind the 85% decline of mammals in West Africa’s parks?