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Size, rarity and charisma: valuing African wildlife trophies

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We explore variation in the prices paid by recreational hunters of trophy animals in Africa and its possible causes, including perceived rarity. Previous work has raised the possibility that extinction can result if demand rises fast enough as a species becomes rarer. We attempt to disentangle this from other inter-correlated influences affecting price. Species with larger body sizes and larger trophies were more valuable. Value increased less steeply as a function of size for bovids than for...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1371/journal.pone.0012866

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Research group:
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Research group:
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
Role:
Author
More by this author
Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Research group:
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
Role:
Author
More by this author
Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Research group:
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
Role:
Author
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Public Library of Science Publisher's website
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PLoS ONE Journal website
Volume:
5
Issue:
9
Article number:
e12866
Publication date:
2010-09-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1932-6203
Language:
English
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Deposit date:
2010-11-24

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