Africa’s wildlife tourism industry, which usually generates $29bn (about R480bn) a year and employs 3.6-million people, is under threat as the coronavirus has brought leisure travel to a near halt, a report published in Nature Ecology & Evolution said.

Many wildlife-protection services will struggle without money from safaris and hunting, according to research by scientists from various universities ranging from SA to the US. Hardest hit will be countries that boast the Big Five — elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros — such as Kenya, Zimbabwe and SA. ..

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