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Local Attitudes and Perceptions towards Large Carnivores in a Human-dominated Landscape of Northern Tanzania

Durant, SM; (2017) Local Attitudes and Perceptions towards Large Carnivores in a Human-dominated Landscape of Northern Tanzania. Human Dimensions of Wildlife , 22 (4) pp. 314-330. 10.1080/10871209.2017.1323356. Green open access

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Abstract

We conducted 300 semi-structured interviews with local people adjacent to Tarangire National Park, northern Tanzania, to determine their attitudes and perceptions toward large carnivores. We analyzed the relationships between attitudes and age, gender, education, occupation, years at residence, income, distance from protected area, livestock owned, livestock lost to predators and knowledge of carnivores. Three-quarters of respondents (79%) held negative attitudes toward large carnivores, while 20% were generally positive. Three variables were positively associated with attitudes towards different species: formal education (all carnivore species), years at residence (lions and cheetahs), and knowledge of carnivores (cheetahs). Attitudes toward large carnivores were not significantly related to distance from protected area, livestock owned. or livestock lost to predators. Findings suggested that interventions aimed at fostering positive attitudes toward large carnivores should focus on improving formal education and securing long-term residency for people in the region.

Type: Article
Title: Local Attitudes and Perceptions towards Large Carnivores in a Human-dominated Landscape of Northern Tanzania
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2017.1323356
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2017.1323356
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Attitudes, large carnivores, local people, perceptions, Tarangire National Park
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1555704
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