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John E Fa, Juan E Garcia Yuste, and Ramon Castelo
December 5, 2000

Counts of the number of animal carcasses arriving at Malabo market, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea,were made during two, 8-month study periods in 1991 and 1996. Comparisons of the availability and abundanceof individual species between years showed that more species and more carcasses appeared in 1996 than in 1991.In biomass terms, the increase was significantly less, only 12.5%, when compared with almost 60% more carcassesentering the market in 1996. A larger number of carcasses of the smaller-bodied species (i.e., rodents and the blueduiker[Cephalophus monticola]) were recorded in 1996 than in 1991. Although an additional four species of birdsand one squirrel were recorded in 1996, these were less important in terms of their contribution to biomass or carcassnumbers. Concurrently, there was a dramatic reduction in the larger-bodied species, Ogilby’s duiker (C. ogilbyi) and seven diurnal primates. We examined these changes, especially the drop in the number of larger animals.We considered the possible following explanations: (1) the number of hunters dropped either because of enforcedlegislation or scarcity of larger prey; (2) a shift in the use of hunting techniques occurred ( from shotguns to snares);or (3) consumer demand for primate and duiker meat dropped, which increased demand for smaller game. Our resultssuggest that the situation in Bioko may be alarmingly close to a catastrophe in which primate populations ofinternational conservation significance are being hunted to dangerously low numbers. Although there is still aneed for surveys of actual densities of prey populations throughout the island, working with the human populationon Bioko to find alternatives to bushmeat is an urgent priority.

Nuno Sérgio Marques Antunes
May 1, 2000

This article seeks to examine the question of maritime delimitation as it is presented to the Court in the Cameroon v Nigeria case.

Igor Cusack
December 5, 2000

Examines the reciprocal relationship that is emerges from an African national cuisine and how it might reflect particular colonial histories and how these contributions influence the building of a 'national identity.' Equatorial Guinea is used as a case study in this analysis.

Horace O Russell
April 2, 2000

ʺThe Missionary Outreach of the West Indian Church is the story of Jamaican Baptists, ex-slaves who, four years after Emancipation (1838), established a witness in the Cameroons (West Africa) in cooperation with their British pastors and with the reluctant aid of the Baptist Missionary Society of London.ʺ

Amnesty International
April 4, 2000

This report asks people to write to President Obiang protesting against the inhumane treatment suffered by prisoners of Equatorial Guinea. The article also describes the torture that the prisoners often suffer.

Conservation Biology
Alfredo D Cuaron
December 1, 2000

The 11 papers in this special section, along with these introductory remarks, provide a global perspective on different types of habitat disturbance and how they affect tropical rainforest mammals.

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