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In Congo, part-time hunters boost income with bushmeat
Around 6 million tonnes of bushmeat are sourced annually from the Congo Basin as local hunters are emptying Central Africa's forests at a high rate, researchers say.
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Mbandaka, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
A dead red-tailed monkey hangs by its tail above the ground, in order to keep it away from ants, in the forest near the city of Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 5, 2019. Until the 1990s local hunters killed for personal consumption, but growing appetite for wild meat in cities has ramped up the scale of hunting.

The impact on wildlife numbers is clear, according to locals and researchers.

Research shows around 6 million tonnes of bushmeat are sourced annually from the Congo Basin, whose forest spans across six countries and is second in size only to the Amazon.

"Our surveys show that animals from many species are disappearing around villages," said Michel Bakanza, who works on community forests for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Mbandaka.

REUTERS/Thomas Nicolon
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