Abstract

The radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is facing a significant risk of extinction within the next few decades as a direct result of poaching due to the increasing popularity of the species as bush meat. Sampling across the species range revealed a mean carcass encounter rate of 2.2/km of transect, with highest levels of poaching within the Linta and Menarandra river regions. No poaching was recorded within the 2 protected areas within the core of the species range. Improved local law enforcement, in addition to community-based conservation initiatives, is critical to combating this crisis.

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