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Animals Traded for Traditional Medicine Purposes in the Kumasi Central Market, Ghana: Conservation Implications

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Department of Environmental Science, Ho Technical University, Ho VH, Ghana
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Institute of Traditional and Alternative Medicine, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho VH, Ghana
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School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Environment and Sustainable Development, Somanya EY, Ghana
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Laboratory of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi 526, Godomey, Benin
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Forestry Commission (Wildlife Division), Kumasi AK, Ghana
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Academic Editor: José L. Tella
Received: 12 May 2021 / Revised: 6 June 2021 / Accepted: 7 June 2021 / Published: 13 June 2021
The Kumasi Central Market is the largest urban open market in Ghana and animals used for medicinal purposes are among the items that are typically displayed for sale. However, no study has been undertaken on the animal species sold for traditional medicine purposes. This study took inventory of animal species traded for medicinal purposes in the Kumasi Central Market and examined their conservation implications. The species recorded to be traded comprised 5 taxonomic classes, belonging to 20 families. Chameleons were found to be the most traded animal species. Seven (23%) of the species traded were found to be threatened under IUCN Red List, with four (13%) species listed on Appendix I of CITES, and eight (26%) species on Schedule I of Wildlife Conservation Regulations of Ghana. Wildlife regulations are not serving as a deterrent to the trade in threatened animal species. There is a need to sensitize traders about the threats faced by these animal species and provide explanations as to why these species should be protected. View Full-Text
Keywords: animal trade; traditional medicine; conservation; Ghana; West Africa animal trade; traditional medicine; conservation; Ghana; West Africa
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Boakye, M.K.; Agyemang, A.O.; Wiafe, E.D.; Dossou-Yovo, H.O.; Ziekah, M. Animals Traded for Traditional Medicine Purposes in the Kumasi Central Market, Ghana: Conservation Implications. Conservation 2021, 1, 113-120. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1020010

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Boakye MK, Agyemang AO, Wiafe ED, Dossou-Yovo HO, Ziekah M. Animals Traded for Traditional Medicine Purposes in the Kumasi Central Market, Ghana: Conservation Implications. Conservation. 2021; 1(2):113-120. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1020010

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Boakye, Maxwell K., Alfred O. Agyemang, Edward D. Wiafe, Hubert O. Dossou-Yovo, and Meyir Ziekah. 2021. "Animals Traded for Traditional Medicine Purposes in the Kumasi Central Market, Ghana: Conservation Implications" Conservation 1, no. 2: 113-120. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1020010

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