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Market Studies

Over the past 2 1/2 years we have completed over 170 surveys of the bushmeat tables and restaurants at Marché Isaac.  Our suveys have recorded a 73% reduction in bushmeat for sale and a 64% reduction in protected species for sale.  When we started monitoring it was common to find species such as African manatee, forest elephant and hippo for sale. In the last year of surveys we have not recorded a single instance of these species being sold at the market. While there is less bushmeat visibly for sale, meat is probably still being sold on the black market and perhaps dispersed to other locations. Last year we began monitoring restaurants for another measure of how bushmeat availability changes with time.  Additionally, we handout questionnaires to students in our classroom efforts to see how their attitudes and preferences will change with time.