Illegal hunting a greater threat to wildlife than forest degradation

  • In a recent study, researchers used camera-trapping records to show that illegal hunting may be a bigger threat mammals and ground-dwelling birds than forest degradation in Southeast Asia.
  • They chose Borneo and the Annamite Mountains on the Southeast Asian mainland, two rainforest study sites that have similar habitats.
  • While widespread logging has degraded many forests in Borneo, the island has faced less hunting.
  • By contrast, the Annamites have experienced exceedingly high illegal hunting, but its forests are structurally more intact.


Last updated on 12 December 2019

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