Big mammals such as elephants, rhinos and primates are at highest risk of extinction in the national parks and nature reserves of the world’s poorest countries, a new global review has found.
The review, which looked at 81 studies carried out between 1980 and 2020, found that illegal hunting was causing worrying declines in the big mammal populations of protected areas across the globe, and particularly in poorer countries.
In the four continents included in the study, 294 different mammal species were discovered to have been illegally hunted in the national parks created to protect them. MORE
Header image: Dr Colin Beale, University of York.