60% of Zimbabwe's Wildlife Gone Since 2000; Ghana Bans Hunting for 4 Months

Poachers and government neglect have killed off as much as 60% of Zimbabwe's wildlife in less than seven years, according to a preliminary report from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. The nation's complete economic collapse has caused a tremendous boom in commercial poaching from neighboring countries and in the bushmeat trade.

Meanwhile, half a continent away, Ghana has instituted a four-month ban on almost all hunting, hoping to protect several species whose numbers are declining rapidly. This is prime breeding time in Ghana, and the ban will help to protect pregnant and weaning animals and boost populations.