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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 (#38 of 2,534)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
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56 news outlets
blogs
11 blogs
twitter
81 tweeters
facebook
9 Facebook pages
wikipedia
6 Wikipedia pages
googleplus
2 Google+ users
reddit
1 Redditor

Citations

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Readers on

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375 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%
France 2 <1%
United States 2 <1%
Kenya 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Unknown 363 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 71 19%
Student > Master 71 19%
Researcher 66 18%
Student > Bachelor 58 15%
Other 17 5%
Other 49 13%
Unknown 43 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 153 41%
Environmental Science 115 31%
Social Sciences 10 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 9 2%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 7 2%
Other 27 7%
Unknown 54 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 588. 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 18 February 2020.
All research outputs
#13,413
of 14,381,657 outputs
Outputs from Royal Society Open Science
#38
of 2,534 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#741
of 291,248 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Royal Society Open Science
#3
of 121 outputs
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