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Perceptions and uses of pangolins (Pholidota) among remote rural communities in the Republic of the Congo: A baseline study from the Odzala‐Kokoua National Park

Swiacká, Markéta, Ingram, Daniel J., Bohm, Torsten, Ceacero, Francisco (2022) Perceptions and uses of pangolins (Pholidota) among remote rural communities in the Republic of the Congo: A baseline study from the Odzala‐Kokoua National Park. Conservation Science and Practice, 4 (12). Article Number e12839. E-ISSN 2578-4854. (doi:10.1111/csp2.12839) (KAR id:98111)

Abstract

Habitat loss and overexploitation are the most severe threats to wild animals in Central Africa. One mammalian group under pressure from hunting is the Pholidota (pangolins), with three species of pangolin inhabiting the region. While local uses of pangolins have been investigated in several Central African countries, data originating from the Republic of the Congo are lacking. To address this knowledge gap, we conducted a semistructured questionnaire survey in 65 rural communities around the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Our research focused on collecting baseline information on local knowledge of species ecology, and perceived economic values and uses of pangolins in local communities. We identified significant differences in our data corresponding to respondents' sociocultural and demographic profiles in the surveyed villages. Recognition of pangolins was high (98.2%), we recorded 22 traditional medicinal or cultural uses of pangolins by respondents, and the taste of pangolin meat was ranked highly (71.3%). Respondents based along the northern boundary of the park were more familiar with pangolins and the market value of their meat and scales, which could be due to better quality roads in the area and proximity to Cameroon. We then provide guidelines for further research to better understand the dynamics of local use, needed for conservation policy and actions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/csp2.12839
Uncontrolled keywords: bushmeat, Congo Basin, local knowledge,Phataginus tetradactyla,Phataginus tricuspis,Smutsia gigantea, traditional medicine
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Daniel Ingram
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2022 14:36 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2023 15:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/98111 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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