Shannon Randolph

Graduate Students

Shannon is currently examining the social and geographic patterns of major bushmeat networks providing meat to Cameroon’s capitol, Yaoundé by train and bush-taxis. Her research also compares perceived and actual legal, economic and social risks and benefits for commercial wild game trading along these networks. It employs participant observation, informal and semi-structured interviews as well as social network analysis with wild game traders and hunters to qualify economic explanations for commercial hunting and trading. In particular, it targets meat sourced to the two major wild game markets, one at the main train station and the other at a relatively newly rented space near to departure roads to the southern forested region of Cameroon (the primary source for bushmeat in Yaoundé). Measuring seasonal quantities and prices of wild game in these two markets also presents the opportunity to assess the impact of a recent ban on transporting all wild game meat on the privately owned train line, CAMRAIL – an agreement between CAMRAIL, the Ministry of Wildlife and Forests and Wildlife Conservation Society. Finally, textual analysis of Cameroon’s wildlife protection laws, and semi-structured interviews within leading conservation organizations and Ministry of Environment wild game law makers and enforcers will indicate cultural assumptions underlying wild game trade laws, as well as gaps between representations of wild game trade by law enforcers, traders and conservationists.