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West Africa

At least 936 species of plants and animals found in the hotspot are globally threatened, and this number is likely to increase as more species are assessed. The region is one of the top global priorities for primate conservation due to both high levels of endemism and threat. In addition to their importance for biodiversity, the hotspot's forests contribute to mediating climate change at a global scale.

Animals of
West Africa

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Many of the threats to biodiversity in this Hostspot are linked, either directly or indirectly, to a high incidence of poverty, political instability, unsustainable practices and/or civil conflict. They include: bushmeat hunting and wildlife trade; logging; overfishing; oil and gas extraction; mining; climate change and industrial pollution amongst others.

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