The Congo Catch 22

The Congo has become a main area of conservational importance, as it comprises one quarter of the world’s rainforest, 70% of Africa’s rainforest and half of Africa’s wildlife species. However, this also means it attracts large numbers of bushmeat rebels.

From here, approximately:

  • 15,000 bushmeat carcasses pass through in a year, 293 of which are chimps
  • 6,450 animals passed through the Congolese markets, 13 of which were protected species.
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