Need a monkey paw? I know where to go.
I wanted to see if Durban’s muthi (medicine) market was brimming with as many monkey paws, snake skins and owl carcasses as I had heard.
Annually the South African traditional muthi trade is worth around R 2.9 billion, dispenses around 128 million courses of medication and employs more than 133 000 people.
The demand for the remedies is a menace to many threatened plant and animal species but putting an end to it would be devastating for economic and cultural reasons....