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Bushmeat hunting and extinction risk to the world's mammals

Overview of attention for article published in Royal Society Open Science, October 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#33 of 1,986)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
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54 news outlets
blogs
9 blogs
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83 tweeters
facebook
9 Facebook pages
wikipedia
5 Wikipedia pages
googleplus
2 Google+ users
reddit
1 Redditor

Citations

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Readers on

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287 Mendeley
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2 CiteULike
Title
Bushmeat hunting and extinction risk to the world's mammals
Published in
Royal Society Open Science, October 2016
DOI 10.1098/rsos.160498
Pubmed ID
Authors

William J. Ripple, Katharine Abernethy, Matthew G. Betts, Guillaume Chapron, Rodolfo Dirzo, Mauro Galetti, Taal Levi, Peter A. Lindsey, David W. Macdonald, Brian Machovina, Thomas M. Newsome, Carlos A. Peres, Arian D. Wallach, Christopher Wolf, Hillary Young

Abstract

Terrestrial mammals are experiencing a massive collapse in their population sizes and geographical ranges around the world, but many of the drivers, patterns and consequences of this decline remain poorly understood. Here we provide an analysis showing that bushmeat hunting for mostly food and medicinal products is driving a global crisis whereby 301 terrestrial mammal species are threatened with extinction. Nearly all of these threatened species occur in developing countries where major coexisting threats include deforestation, agricultural expansion, human encroachment and competition with livestock. The unrelenting decline of mammals suggests many vital ecological and socio-economic services that these species provide will be lost, potentially changing ecosystems irrevocably. We discuss options and current obstacles to achieving effective conservation, alongside consequences of failure to stem such anthropogenic mammalian extirpation. We propose a multi-pronged conservation strategy to help save threatened mammals from immediate extinction and avoid a collapse of food security for hundreds of millions of people.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 3 1%
United States 2 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Kenya 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Unknown 276 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 57 20%
Researcher 51 18%
Student > Master 51 18%
Student > Bachelor 46 16%
Unspecified 28 10%
Other 54 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 126 44%
Environmental Science 87 30%
Unspecified 39 14%
Social Sciences 9 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 2%
Other 21 7%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 563. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 31 March 2019.
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#11,902
of 13,034,296 outputs
Outputs from Royal Society Open Science
#33
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Outputs of similar age
#787
of 286,937 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Royal Society Open Science
#3
of 120 outputs
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