Photo: Baboons and Cattle

In places like Nyagatare, Rwanda, human-wildlife-livestock interactions are unavoidable.

In places like Nyagatare, Rwanda, human-wildlife-livestock interactions are unavoidable.

During my summer in Rwanda, I spent most of my time quite literally at the interface between humans, wildlife (i.e. baboons) and domestic species (i.e. cattle). Because Rwanda suffers from severe overpopulation, virtually all of their “wild” places are in close proximity to human settlements. I saw this as a sort of glimpse into the future of the rest of the world, if the human population continues to rise at the current rate. As we force ourselves into closer proximity to wildlife, we continue to blur the line between human and animal health- their diseases become our epidemics, and our resource extraction becomes their famine.

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