|Ever heard of “nighttime spinach?” It’s not a vegetable. It’s an African refugee term for poached meat.|
The wildlife trade-monitoring network, Traffic, has studied how the explosion of refugee camps in Tanzania has affected wildlife. Because many refugee camps were hastily constructed, they went up next to wildlife preserves. Since the World Food Program does not offer meat as part of its relief supplies, refugees just poach exotic wildlife in the animal preserves next door. As a result, some animal herds dropped 60% to 90%.