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Animal Frontiers Abstract - Feature Articles

What is the role and contribution of meat from wildlife in providing high quality protein for consumption?


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  1. Vol. 2 No. 4, p. 40-53
    Published: December 22, 2014

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  1. L.C. Hoffman * and
  2. D.-M. Cawthorn
  1. Department of Animal Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1 Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa


  • An overview is presented on the global human usage of unconventional animal species (ungulates, rodents, rabbits and hares, kangaroos, reptiles and bats) derived either from wild harvesting or farming

  • The nutritional value of these species is discussed, focusing on their potential to contribute to food security and to address the protein requirements of a growing population.

  • The challenges and opportunities arising from the commercial use of these animals are highlighted, as are the problems faced with overexploitation of certain wild species.

  • Of the species addressed, the rodents appear to present great potential for becoming large commercial commodities for food use.

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