Minimizing wildlife hunting by providing hunters with training and resources in alternative livelihoods
When forest dependency threatens animal well-being
Wildlife hunting in forest reserves for food or to sell is a common practice among people living close to the reserves. Such practices have decimated the populations of certain species, rendering them endangered or on the verge of extinction and disturbing the equilibrium of forest ecosystems. Around Wli, hunters commonly target bush tortoises, antelopes, chimpanzees, birds, bats, grasscutters, and pangolins, among others.
Protecting the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal
The pangolin, a solitary, primarily nocturnal animal, easily recognized by their full armor of scales, is the world’s most trafficked mammal. An estimated 100,000 of these shy creatures are removed from the wild each year. Increasingly, the scaly mammal is hunted for its meat and scales, which are in high demand in some Asian countries. Pangolin meat is considered a delicacy while its scales are used in traditional medicine. In September 2016, all commercial trade in pangolin was banned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
To minimize hunting of wildlife, including the intentional setting of fires in forest reserves to catch animals, we provide hunters with skills-training and start-up capital for animal husbandry. For those who continue to hunt, we offer to buy the animals they catch and free them back into the forest.