Public Awareness Campaigns


Media/Public Awareness Links

BCTF Member Bushmeat Education and Awareness Campaigns

  • Bushmeat Education Resource Guide (BERG), developed by BCTF and many volunteer educators, is now available online! The BERG provides resources for training, curriculum, programs and activities, signage and evaluation.
  • American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Conservation Education page provides many resources for educators regarding wildlife affected by the bushmeat trade.
  • Conservation International: CI developed a bushmeat awareness campaign in Ghana that focused on local customs and cultural totem animals. Further information is available here. A key part of the campaign is a 9-minute video titled "Say NO To Bushmeat", available at cost from CI.
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare: IFAW works to raise awareness of the bushmeat trade with both key decision makers and the public in the US and in Europe. This website includes information about their campaign efforts as well as a video on the bushmeat crisis (WARNING: video contains graphic content).
  • Jane Goodall Institute: This page includes information for how the public can get involved in addressing the illegal bushmeat trade and to help conserve wildlife in Africa. JGI’s Roots & Shoots program also offers education and awareness resources for the public.
  • Oakland Zoo Conservation Fund: The Oakland Zoo provides support to BCTF and has developed many tools for reaching out to and educating the public, including a Bushmeat Crisis Action Group, lectures, a permanent education display and special events.
  • Wildlife Conservation Society sponsors several bushmeat education and awareness efforts:
  • The Pattycake Fund: The Wildlife Conservation Society named their campaign to save wild western lowland gorillas after the first gorilla born in New York City’s Bronx Zoo. Participants can to donate directly to The Pattycake Fund; write President Bush and urge support of Great Ape Legislation; involve friends by sending an e-card; or purchase gorilla-themed products. Club Ebobo, based in Republic of Congo, encourages children to see animals and the ecosystem as a complex and interesting web of interactions rather than just a natural resource to be exploited. The club sponsors monthly activities and a penpal program.

Other Bushmeat Education and Awareness Campaigns

  • Animal Welfare Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the sum total of pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans, has a bushmeat brochure.
  • Bonobo Conservation Initiative: BCI is developing a comprehensive media and education campaign in cooperation with Congolese government ministries to increase awareness of bonobos and conservation in the DRC and internationally. Intermediate plans include establishing a Worldspace, digital satellite radio station which will reach distant rural populations with educational programming on conservation, sustainable development, AIDS/HIV and other health issues, and other environmental and humanitarian messages. BCI also has a webpage with Stories and Songs about bonobos as well as a page Just for Kids.
  • Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund: Supported by Bristol Zoo Gardens and operated in conjunction with Cameroon’s Ministry of Environment and Forests, CWAF manages two primate sanctuaries: Mvog Betsi Zoo and Mefou National Park.
  • CERCOPAN: This primate sanctuary in Nigeria provides education and outreach regarding chimpanzees and other wildlife species to more than 200 visitors per week. They have also produced an entire education package for secondary schools in Nigeria.
  • Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage provides care for orphans of the bushmeat trade and wildlife education for local communities. They also hosted the 2003 PASA Education Workshop, designed to develop the skills of PASA Educators in reaching out to the public.
  • Chimp Haven, a sanctuary for retired research chimps in the U.S., provides resources for learning about chimpanzees on their website, including a chimpanzee workbook for children.
  • EAZA Bushmeat Campaign: Launched in 2000, the EAZA Bushmeat Campaign worked with numerous zoos throughout Europe to raise awareness of the bushmeat crisis and to encourage policy makers to develop strategies for addressing the crisis. As of January 2004, the European Parliament has adopted the report based on the bushmeat campaign. 
  • HELP Congo is a sanctuary in Republic of Congo that cares for bushmeat orphans and provides education and training to local populations.
  • Leicestershire Primate Concern provides information and links to primate sanctuaries in Africa.
  • Limbe Wildlife Center, located in Cameroon, is an internationally recognized primate rescue and rehabilitation center that focuses on education.
  • Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance: PASA member sanctuaries are very involved in education and awareness efforts regarding bushmeat. The website includes a page with educational resources on primate conservation.
  • Project Primate, Inc.: PPI works with the local community surrounding the Center for Chimpanzee Conservation in Guinea (Conakry) to raise awareness about the bushmeat trade and the illegal pet trade.
  • Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center provides care for adult primates that have been confiscated or given up to authorities. Sanaga-Yong has also been engaged in public awareness efforts regarding bushmeat through implementation of an innovative radio campaign (audio links available).

Classroom Education about Bushmeat and Wildlife

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