Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2017, Page: 60-68
The Role of Traditional Taboos and Custom as Complementary Tools in Wildlife Conservation Within Mount Cameroon National Park Buea
Ajonina S. Abugiche, Department of Environmental Science, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Terence O. Egute, Department of Civil & Public Law with References to the Law of Europe and the Environment, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Senftenberg, Germany
Atud Cybelle, Department of Environmental Science, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Received: Apr. 29, 2017;       Accepted: May 8, 2017;       Published: Jun. 7, 2017
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijnrem.20170203.13      View  2111      Downloads  157
This study was carried out to examine the use of traditional taboos and custom in wildlife conservation in the Mount Cameroon National Park. A purposive sampling technique was used in selecting 13 villages from the 41 villages surrounding the park. A total number of 130 respondents were randomly selected for the study and data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistics. From the results, majorities (76.67%) of the respondents were male and, fall within the age range of 50–59 years (62.5%), attained secondary education and 80.83% were Christians. As the results reveal, a good percentage of the respondents were conversant with cultural practices and its impact in wild animal conservation as 70.83% and 20.83% of the respondents strongly agree and agree respectively that cultural practices are used for conserving wildlife species. Religion, migration and westernization were found to be responsible for the decline of cultural practices in wildlife conservation within the study area. One animal, the African forest elephant is reverenced as a deity throughout the study area, although there were taboos forbidding indigenes/residents from killing or eating some particular wildlife species (Chimpanzee, Western bush pig, African python, Preuss monkey, Blue duiker, Drill, African civet, African wild dog, Black kite, White-face owl and snail spp). Illegal communal hunting is still practiced in the area. It is recommended that new and holistic wildlife conservation policies that will blend traditional systems of regulation, myths, rituals, and perceptions with existing wildlife legislation in the country be implemented to enhance conservation in this area.
Role, Traditional Taboos, Tools, Wildlife Conservation, Mount Cameroon National Park, Buea
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Ajonina S. Abugiche, Terence O. Egute, Atud Cybelle, The Role of Traditional Taboos and Custom as Complementary Tools in Wildlife Conservation Within Mount Cameroon National Park Buea, International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2017, pp. 60-68. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnrem.20170203.13
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