Apex predators decline after an influx of pastoralists in former Central African Republic hunting zones

@article{Aebischer2020ApexPD,
  title={Apex predators decline after an influx of pastoralists in former Central African Republic hunting zones},
  author={Thierry Aebischer and Tidjani Ibrahim and R Hickisch and Roman D. Furrer and Christoph Leuenberger and Daniel Wegmann},
  journal={Biological Conservation},
  year={2020},
  volume={241},
  pages={108326}
}
Abstract Pastoralism is spreading in Central Africa, where many protected areas are under consideration to be opened for grazing, in particular hunting zones. Here we document the loss of biodiversity followed by an influx of transhumant pastoralism into previously uninhabited and virtually pristine habitat in the Central African Republic. Our track count and camera trap surveys of 2012, 2016 and 2017 evidence a reduction of apex predators, particularly Northern lions (Panthera leo leo) and… 

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