In the eye of this Grants Zebra (Equus burchellii) in Botswana, photographer Frans Lanting (courtesy of Minden Pictures) captured the reflection of the hunters who shot the animal. Wild African animals are not only killed by hunters seeking a trophy. The zebra is one of dozens of species in Africa and Asia slaughtered for their flesh to be consumed locally or, with increasing frequency, sold in markets around the world, including major city centers in industrialized nations such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Belgium. Buffaloes, gazelles, hippos, giraffes, elephants, foxes, fowl, pangolins, primates, pythons, and tortoises are but some of the species killed as "bushmeat." An innovative new program launched in Kenya takes the message about the bushmeat crisis directly to the people who live with the wildlife. A new touring play, Carcasses, recently premiered in Nairobi; the actors delve into the conservation and human health risks of killing wild animals and consuming their meat.
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