HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Snails Are Saving Endangered Gorillas

By Jennifer Viegas , Discovery News

1645 days ago   Article ID# 464619
Original URL

 

Wildlife Conservation Society

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (Discovery News) - Humble snails are helping to prevent Cross River gorilla poaching in Nigeria, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The WCS has just launched a new program that promotes snail farming, which helps local people generate income, provides an alternative source of animal protein, and hopefully will eliminate illegal hunting of what is Africa’s rarest and most endangered great ape.

Eight former gorilla hunters were selected from four villages to participate in the new initiative. With help from the WCS, they've constructed snail pens, each of which was stocked with 230 African giant snails. Because of the snail’s high protein content, coupled with low maintenance costs, quick results, and easy replication, snail farming is expected to catch on quickly.

Just as French chefs prize snails, locals there view these gastropods as a delicacy and the high demand for them in villages and larger communities makes the prospect of farming viable.

“People living near Cross River gorillas have trouble finding alternative sources of income and food and that’s why they poach,” said James Deutsch, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Africa program. “We are working with them to test many livelihood alternatives, but perhaps the most promising, not to mention novel, is snail farming.”

Once thought to be extinct, Cross River gorillas were rediscovered in the 1980s. The most endangered of the African apes, Cross River gorillas now number less than 300. Even if just a handful are taken as bushmeat, the killings can really put a dent in the gorilla's already weakened population.

Get this: The operation cost per year for each snail farmer, after necessary replacement of nets and cement and labor costs, is estimated at only $87. The profit, after expenses, with the sale of an average of 1500 snails per bi-annual harvest, is estimated at $413 per year. The meat of one gorilla, on the other hand, fetches about $70.

“Cross-River gorillas depend on law enforcement and conservation efforts to survive,” says Andrew Dunn, WCS Nigeria Country Director. “The work of WCS and our dedicated field-staff to develop alternate livelihoods for local poachers is just one step on the road to recovery for these incredible animals.”

Copyright 2014 Discovery News   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1645 days ago   Article ID# 464619

Wildlife Conservation Society    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Wildlife Conservation Society News

Officials bust one of the biggest players in illegal Indonesian manta ray trade

29 days ago From Mongabay 

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA - The LaGrange Fire Department raised $1,728.78 during their annual boot drive. All the proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help pay ...

Joint force uses Google Earth to find elephant poaching camps in Mozambique, captures poachers in raid

30 days ago From Mongabay.com 

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA - India's maiden mission to Mars, the Mangalyaan has been on a 300-day marathon covering over 670 million kilometres (420 million miles). Science ...

WCS-led raids lead to six arrests near Mozambique’s largest reserve

48 days ago From Mongabay.com 

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA - Leads and trains volunteers and partner families in various construction tasks that are performed as part of the Habitat for Humanity Program in a ...

Biologists from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico Collaborate for North America’s Fastest Land Animal

70 days ago From Newswise (press release)  

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA - Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Associate Conservation Biologist and co-author Renee Seidler said, “This document pulled current information ...

WCS to Manage Key Wildlife Reserve for Elephants in Nigeria

154 days ago From Newswise 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA - Newswise — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that it will partner with Bauchi State Government to manage the conservation of ... Flag as irrelevant Edit this alert You have received thi ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Animal News

Action Center

2014 on track to be hottest year on record, says US science agency

Action: Climate Change

The world is on course for this to be the hottest year ever, with global land and sea temperatures for September the highest ...

Giant tortoises bounce back from near extinction on Galapagos Island

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Conservationists said on Tuesday they have brought giant tortoises found on the Galapagos island of Española back from the br ...

Protecting Liberia's Forest

Action: Stop Deforestation

The Forestry Development Authority says the 150 million agreement signed between the governments of Liberia and Norway is not ...

Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo

Action: Stop Pollution

Baharuddin should be happy. The rambutan and durian trees flanking his home are heavy with fruit. Two hectares of chilies str ...

Oahu Coral Reef Suffers Massive Serious Bleaching Due to ‘Stress’

Action: Save Our Oceans

Wide portions of windward Oahu's coral reef are suffering from serious bleaching due to "stress," scientists reportedly said ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.