Scavenger Hunt: Identifying Contributions of Scavenger Species to Humans

SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

From hyenas in Africa to grey wolves in Europe and the Andean condor in South America – a large variety of scavengers populates the earth. These animals provide a myriad of benefits as well as disbenefits to people. The concept of nature’s contributions to people (NCP) aims at understanding and analysing such human-nature connections. In a recent study, Aguilera-Alcalá et al. (2020) focused on non-material NCP provided by different species of scavengers in Spain.

The two scavenger species Canis lupus (grey wolf) and Gyps fulvus (griffon vulture) can both be found in Spain.

Scavengers are animals that totally or partially rely on carrion as a food resource. Multiple contributions of scavengers to human well-being are documented: from regulating diseases, recycling nutrients to helping humans find food and having spiritual meanings and uses in cultures around the world. Yet, human-scavenger relations also lead to conflicts because of the predatory behaviour of…

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One thought on “Scavenger Hunt: Identifying Contributions of Scavenger Species to Humans

  1. Very good insight, specifically useful for countries like Ethiopia, e.g. in cleaning the environment (human health).

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