NEWS 2006


Wildlife trade in Somalia 2006   (PDF - 2 MB)                                                                    Introduction: Somali wildlife has never been well protected, and important habitats harbouring Somalia’s biodiversity have been overexploited since the arrival of pastoralists at the Horn of Africa. On the other hand, the need for bush meat has always been low because 70% of Somali pastoral communities rely on domestic animals to satisfy their protein demand. Therefore, subsistence hunting occurred mainly during environmental disasters such as prolonged drought periods. Nonetheless, in northern and central Somalia, most big game such as elephant, giraffe and rhino became already extinct before World War II, owing to habitat alteration and overexploitation....


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