Infectious diseases originating in wild animals are high and may be increasing. This is a sign that ecosystem degradation is undermining the planet’s capacity to sustain human wellbeing.
Fruit bats have the potential to reforest areas where trees had been lost in parts of Africa.
Following the global spread of COVID, there have been widespread calls for blanket bans on the consumption and trade of wild animals. But such bans may have unintended consequences.
Many of Africa’s large aquatic animals, such as dolphins, manatees and turtles, are being killed for meat.