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Bushmeat

In large parts of their range, gorillas are hunted for their meat although this is illegal.

What is Bushmeat?

  • Carlos Schuler with skulls of gorillas killed for bushmeat in Kahuzi-Biega (© Angela Meder)

The trade in bushmeat, the meat of wild animals, can have major impacts, particularly when it happens on a large scale. Logging companies construct roads, which opens up the forest and creates favourable conditions for the bushmeat trade. In many areas, hunting has already resulted in the dramatic decline of gorillas and the populations of other hunted animals. In many locations, projects have been set up to counteract overhunting and the consumption or trade of bushmeat.

Where do gorilla orphans come from?

A side effect of hunt gorillas for food is the trade in live gorilla babies who are taken after their mothers have been killed. They are sold to private individuals who usually keep them in terrible conditions. Some of these babies are confiscated by the authorities and end up in gorilla orphanages.

Ebola Reduces Bushmeat Consumption

December 2014

Bushmeat traders in Watt Market in Calabar, Cross River State, South Eastern Nigeria, are lamenting the poor sales of bushmeat since the outbreak of...[details]

Bushmeat Trafficking in Switzerland

June 2014

Illegal meats for human consumption are smuggled daily into airports worldwide and some of this meat originates from wild species, including...[details]

Bushmeat Hunting Changes African Rainforests

January 2014

Hunting often devastates populations of large mammals, and this may have impact on other animal and plant communities. In two recent studies (Effiom...[details]

Two New Grauer's Gorillas Orphans

January 2013

Isangi with her caretaker (© Molly Feltner/gorilla doctors)

On September 13, 2012, a young gorilla was brought to the Kahuzi-Biega National Park headquarters by a community conservation group, who claimed to...[details]

Conservation Action Plan in Congo

January 2013

UGADEC region in northeastern Congo

Some of the largest tracts of forest habitat in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are located in the Walikale and Lubutu territories....[details]

New Gorilla Orphan Confiscated

January 2012

Ihirwe

A new orphan gorilla infant arrived in the night on Sunday, August 7th, 2011, at the care facility in Kinigi, Rwanda operated by the Dian Fossey...[details]

Orphaned Gorilla Care

January 2012

Jan Ramer (right) examining Shamavu, who is held by the ranger Shamavu (© Molly Feltner)

Gorilla confiscations are on the rise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So far this year 3 eastern lowland, or Grauer’s gorillas have been...[details]

Wildlife Trafficking in Gabon

July 2011

Chimpanzee and gorilla hands confiscated during the operation in January 2011 (© Luc Mathot)

The critical situation of the elephants and the great apes, and their role in the regeneration of the tropical forest, are well documented and...[details]

Bushmeat Investigation Trip

December 2009

Logging concessions around the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park (© Angela Meder)

Republic of Congo: in March 2009 I made a tour of the various markets in Ouesso, and for the first time realized the real ubiquity of bushmeat in...[details]

Orphan Gorilla Reintroduction

June 2007

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Bushmeat and People’s Health

December 2004

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

AFECOGO and UGADEC

December 2003

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Bushmeat Update

December 2003

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Zoos Fight the Bushmeat Problem

June 2002

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Gorilla Slaughter in Kahuzi-Biega

December 1999

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Wildlife Crime in Cameroon and Operations' Impact

December 2008

Abong Mbang, January 2008 (© LAGA)

Illegal trade in apes is an issue that has suffered from great confusion and lack of knowledge for a very long time. While endless popular bushmeat...[details]

Orphan Gorilla Reintroduction

February 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

World Heritage Animals in Danger

February 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Great Ape Hunting in Lobeke

February 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Bushmeat Trade Around Cross River National Park

December 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Reintroduced Gorillas

June 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Great Ape Trafficking Around Kahuzi-Biega National Park

June 2002

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Wildlife Law Enforcement in Cameroon

December 2004

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Shifting Trend of Ape Trafficking

January 2013

Wildlife law enforcement operation in East of Cameroon led to arrest of traffickers in gorilla parts. (© LAGA)

In recent years, the trafficking of Afri­ca's apes has evolved into a highly organized criminal activity, but the situation has remained largely...[details]

The Aspinall Foundation's Project in Gabon

June 2011

Sophie with Antsia, Mbundu and Tonga (© PPG Gabon)

Over the last 12 years, UK-charity The Aspinall Foundation has been running a unique western lowland gorilla rehabilitation and...[details]

Gorilla Killers Arrested in Congo

June 2011

Hands of gorillas killed by a poacher in northern Congo (© PROGEPP – Projet Gestion des Ecosystèmes Périphériques au Parc National Nouabalé-Ndoki)

Two men were recently arrested in the Kabo forestry concession in northern Republic of Congo for hunting a gorilla. The hunt was carried out during...[details]