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Tanzania Research Briefings

Published 24.04.2012
Summary of some of the findings from our research in Tanzania to date.

Hunting in Tanzania

The Tanzanian component of the project focuses on the role and impacts of hunting in the Serengeti ecosystem,
which is famous for the largest herds of migratory ungulates in the world. Two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate annually from the short grass plains of Ngorongoro and Serengeti to the Mara River. These migratory herds, coupled with resident ungulates, support around 10 000 hyenas and lions as well as other megafauna, making the Serengeti one of the most important ecosystems for mammals in Africa.

Illegal hunting is considered a serious threat to wildlife in the Serengeti ecosystem. Previous studies suggest that poverty and lack of alternative sources of protein are the primary drivers of local bushmeat consumption. However, the cultural, socio-economic and ecological basis and consequences of bushmeat hunting in the Serengeti ecosystem are not completely understood. HUSA provides scientific knowledge on these issues to help mitigate illegal bushmeat hunting and foster sustainable wildlife management in the Serengeti ecosystem.

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