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WHAT IS WILDLIFE WORTH?

How much is a lion worth? Or a gorilla, an elephant, a whale shark?

It might seem an odd question, especially to those of us who love Africa’s wildlife for its own sake. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a photo of a cheetah atop a termite mound, or a black rhino amid South African scrub, can’t be priced in mere dollars and cents.

Yet the idea is particularly pertinent at the moment, as the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis becomes more apparent. Alongside the wider costs of tackling the pandemic, resulting in budget deficits for governments worldwide, the loss

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