EDGE is researching the impact of big game hunting on African populations.

Big game hunting is in the news right now with the Trump Administration’s reversal on the ban against the importation of big game trophies.  

Trophy hunters often target the largest and strongest males, creating a weaker, more vulnerable population.  

Slowly — and sometimes not so slowly — hunting, selective breeding and other programs alter the natural development, diversity and genetics of many species.  

EDGE works currently with the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism to design and implement large scale sampling and analysis of populations in collaboration with trophy hunting organizations to better understand the issue and find ideal solutions and policies.

We’re trying to build and sustain two labs in two countries to do this on a big scale.  

This is the only program of its kind right now — and our ambitions, led by our geneticist working to develop our Namibian lab — are continent-wide.

See the full press release about this on our site.

And please check out our latest campaign to build communities (I, along with our team, head over in just a couple of weeks to focus on these programs).  


Have a great weekend! 

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