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Short Communication

Hunting of protected animals in the Parc National d'Ankarafantsika, north-western Madagascar


Gerardo García a1 and Steven M. Goodman a2c1
a1 Research Department, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Les Augrès Manor, Trinity, Jersey JE3 5BP, Channel Islands, British Isles. E-mail: gerardo.garcia@durrell.org
a2 Field Museum of Natural History, 1200 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605, USA, and World Wide Fund for Nature, B.P. 738, Antananarivo (101), Madagascar. E-mail: goodman@fmnh.org

Abstract

Bones were obtained from the temporary camp of raffia palm fibre harvesters in the Parc National d'Ankarafantsika in north-western Madagascar. Based on the context of their deposition, knife-cut marks, and burn marks these animals were consumed for food. The minimum number of individuals (MNI) of wild animals represented in the sample was 49, and included turtles (MNI = 5), birds (MNI = 4), tenrecs (MNI = 4), Carnivora (MNI = 2), lemurs (MNI = 32), and bush pigs (MNI = 2). The majority of these animals are protected by Malagasy law and are endemic to the island.

(Received February 4 2002)
(Revised July 3 2002)
(Accepted September 23 2002)


Key Words: Ankarafantsika; endemic vertebrates; hunting pressure; Madagascar; protected area.

Correspondence:
c1 Corresponding author Field Museum of Natural History, 1200 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605, USA, and World Wide Fund for Nature, B.P. 738, Antananarivo (101), Madagascar. E-mail: goodman@fmnh.org


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