Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dr. Justin Brashares: Associate professor at University of Berkeley

Dr. Brashares is one of the leading experts of wildlife ecology and preservation in Africa today.
He believes that the global decline of biodiversity is one of the most pressing issues that we face today. He is a prolific writer, and wrote many scientific journal articles concerning biodiversity in Africa.

The bush meat trade is the illegal market of wild animal meat. Large groups of poachers brutally kill animals such as elephants, gorillas, and cheetahs and sell their meat on local and international markets. Justin and his researches affirmed that the multibillion-dollar trade in bush meat is ‘among the most immediate threats to the persistence of tropical vertebrates.’ (Brashares, page 1180)
Bushmeat Hunting, Wildlife Declines, and Fish Supply in West Africa
Justin S. Brashares, Peter Arcese, Moses K. Sam, Peter B. Coppolillo, A. R. E. Sinclair and Andrew Balmford
New Series, Vol. 306, No. 5699 (Nov. 12, 2004), pp. 1180

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