Of course, fruit bats do not eat peanuts, but in eastern Madagascar, a peanut cultivation project helped to conserve three fruit bat roosts. How?
|Bushmeat: wild animals as a legal and sustainable source of food|
Wild animals are an important food source for people across the world but there is growing evidence in tropical forests that the offtake is unsustainable and populations of many species are under threat. There are numerous accounts of bushmeat hunting from Asia, South America and mainland Africa but relatively few from Madagascar.
Many of Madagascar's wild animal species are protected from hunting and cannot therefore make a legal contribution to livelihoods. Our projects that deal with hunting of protected species can be found here.
A great many other animals, including frogs, birds, bats and tenrecs can be legally hunted as game and they potentially provide a sustainable source of income and protein for many people. In a project funded by the Darwin Initiative our sustainable bushmeat team is currently addressing four main areas.