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2008-09-16 12:51:45

While conservation experts agree that a blanket ban on "bushmeat" hunting is necessary, a new report shows that it would largely fail and endanger both humans and animals. The Center for International Forestry Research found that the hunting of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in tropical forests is likely to lead to the extinction of many species in less than 50 years. However, local residents in Central Africa rely on bushmeat for up to 80 percent of protein and fat. "If current...


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2006-12-13 16:14:07

The Indian Porcupine or Indian Crested Porcupine (Hystrix indica) is a member of the Old World porcupines. It is quite an adaptable rodent, found throughout southern Asia and the Middle East. It is tolerant of several different habitats. It lives in the mountains, tropical and subtropical grasslands, scrublands, and forests. This is a large rodent, growing more that three feet long and weighs 32 pounds. It is covered in multiple layers of quills. The longest quills grow from its shoulders to...

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2006-12-13 16:06:04

The African Brush-Tailed Porcupine (Atherurus africanus) is a species of rat-like Old World porcupine called "brush-tailed porcupines". The brush-tailed porcupines live in forests, usually at high elevations. They are nocturnal and during the day they sleep in caves and burrows. The brush-tailed porcupine is one of the biggest rodents in Africa. It grows almost three feet long and weigh as much as eight pounds. It has an elongated rat-like face and body. It has short legs, tipped with clawed...

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