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Monthly Photos July 2021

Photos taken by ILCAA staff and associates are posted here once a month; most of them are taken during their field research in Asia and Africa.

(The copyright belongs to the photographers.)

A hunting dog in Zanzibar

Zanzibar people rarely keep dogs as companion animals. This fact somehow made me assume that Zanzibar people didn’t like dogs, so I was a little surprised when I saw dogs living with people in the field. According to their owners, they are kept as hunting dogs. They hunt animals inhabiting forests such as gazelles, pigs and monkeys. I could understand their hunting of gazelles, but I wondered why Zanzibar people, Muslims, hunted pigs, and what they would do by capturing monkeys; so I asked further questions on them, and got answers that they sold pigs to Nyamwezi who were non-Muslim, and that they hunted monkeys for dogfood. However, I also heard that there were “misfits” who ate pigs and monkeys.

10 September 2016
Photograph by Makoto FURUMOTO

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