1 December 2012 Distribution of Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) Bush Meat Poaching Effort
Ryan C. J. Walker, Tsilavo H. Rafeliarisoa
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The radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is facing a significant risk of extinction within the next few decades as a direct result of poaching due to the increasing popularity of the species as bush meat. Sampling across the species range revealed a mean carcass encounter rate of 2.2/km of transect, with highest levels of poaching within the Linta and Menarandra river regions. No poaching was recorded within the 2 protected areas within the core of the species range. Improved local law enforcement, in addition to community-based conservation initiatives, is critical to combating this crisis.

Chelonian Research Foundation
Ryan C. J. Walker and Tsilavo H. Rafeliarisoa "Distribution of Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) Bush Meat Poaching Effort," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11(2), 223-226, (1 December 2012). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-0968.1
Received: 28 October 2011; Accepted: 1 July 2012; Published: 1 December 2012
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