Protecting wildlife in a heavily hunted biodiversity hotspot: a case study from the Atlantic Forest of Bahia, Brazil

  • Published source details Flesher K.M. & Laufer J. (2013) Protecting wildlife in a heavily hunted biodiversity hotspot: a case study from the Atlantic Forest of Bahia, Brazil. Tropical Conservation Science, 6, 181-200.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Provide/increase anti-poaching patrols

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Provide/increase anti-poaching patrols

    A before-and-after study in 1997–2008 in a protected area dominated by secondary Atlantic forest in Brazil (Flesher & Laufer 2013) found that implementing ranger patrols increased mammal abundance and reduced hunting pressure. After the introduction of patrols by rangers, mammal abundance was higher (8.7 encounters/10 km walked) than before ranger patrols (5.1 encounters/10 km walked) and hunting pressure was lower (after: six encounters; before: 24 encounters). In May 1997–August 2004 and October 2007–November 2008, forest trails were censused for medium-sized and large mammals. A single observer walked at approximately 1 km/hour along trails 3–5 km long, pausing every 50 m to listen for animal sounds, and using binoculars and a headlamp at night to detect animals. Day censuses began within an hour of sunrise and night censuses within an hour of sunset. In total, 233 km of transects were walked.

    (Summarised by: Phil Martin)

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