Commercial hunting and the bushmeat trade plague Cameroon’s critically endangered Cross River gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants, and other imperiled species. But the area and number of people involved in the illegal trade make conventional law enforcement difficult. Economic and political instabilities in Cameroon also complicate efforts to sustainably manage its natural resources.
In this investigative piece from CNN, reporter Nkepile Mabuse travels through the rainforests of Cameroon to look at the growing illegal bushmeat trade. She also meets with WCS conservationist Roger Fotso to learn how WCS works with the country’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry to reduce poaching and improve law enforcement by limiting access to lucrative urban bushmeat markets. Video.