Alex Tabarrok

Hunting Endangered Species

Blog Post created by Alex Tabarrok on Dec 11, 2015

Originally posted on January 30, 2012.


Can hunting save an endangered species? Yes. In Africa hunting has been critical to the conservation of a number of species, despite the sometimes opposition of the United States which can prohibit US citizens from hunting even in foreign countries.


I was surprised to discover, however, that “some exotic animal species that are endangered in Africa are thriving on ranches in Texas, where a limited number are hunted for a high price.” Texas hunters have saved several endangered African species, unfortunately for the animals, the story does not end happily. The video from 60 Minutes contains some excellent material on incentives, ethics and conservation for classroom discussion.