26 Aug

Mongabay: ‘Leopards Losing Out to Bushmeat Hunters in Competition for Prey’


In a recent article, ‘Leopards Losing Out to Bushmeat Hunters in Competition for Prey,’ Mongabay reports on a new study, co-authored by Panthera’s Dr. Luke Hunter and Dr. Philipp Henschel, demonstrating that bushmeat hunters in the Congo Basin Rainforest are out-competing leopards for the same prey species. Mongabay reported that while hunters are not directly targeting leopards, they are in fact indirectly depleting leopard numbers by hunting their preferred prey species, including medium-sized herbivores like forest antelopes and bush pigs. Read the full Mongabay article for more information on this fascinating study.

Read the study report - Leopard prey choice in the Congo Basin rainforest suggests exploitative competition with human bushmeat hunters.

Read Panthera’s press release.

View photos of leopards, bushmeat hunters, and their prey.