Wildlife farming

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Wildlife farming refers to the raising of non-domesticated animals in an agricultural setting to produce whole living animals (to keep as pets) and commodities such as food, traditional medicine and fiber.[1]


Wildlife farms can protect certain species that are in danger of extinction due to their demand (use as food, use in traditional medicines, ...)

In his documentary film The End of Eden, South African filmmaker Rick Lomba presents examples of the environmentally sustainable and indeed rejuvenating effect of certain types of wildlife farming.

Current state of the industry[edit]

Although few farms exist that raise non-domestic species, certain species that are in very high demand (e.g. tigers) are already being raised industrially.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Damania, Richard; Bulte, Erwin H. (2007). "The economics of wildlife farming and endangered species conservation". Ecological Economics. 62: 461–472. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2006.07.007. 
  2. ^ 2012 Current TV documentary on wildlife trade]
  3. ^ Legalising the flesh of self-grown local animals