A novel approach to assessing the prevalence and drivers of illegal bushmeat hunting in the serengeti.
Bottom Line: The majority of respondents found the UCT questions easy to understand and were comfortable answering them.Our results suggest poaching remains widespread in the Serengeti and current alternative sources of income may not be sufficiently attractive to compete with the opportunities provided by hunting.We demonstrate that the UCT is well suited to investigating noncompliance in conservation because it reduces evasive responses, resulting in more accurate estimates, and is technically simple to apply.
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Mentions: The local communities surrounding the protected areas in the western Serengeti (Fig. 1) are traditionally composed of pastoralists, agropastoralists, and hunters, but current livelihood strategies consist of a combination of occupations (Sinclair et al. 2008). The villages are multiethnic, owing largely to immigration. Households are generally polygamous, and education is up to the primary level (Loibooki et al. 2002; Kaltenborn et al. 2005). In 2002, there were approximately 0.43 million people living in the Bunda and Serengeti districts that surround the Serengeti National Park (SNP) (NBS Tanzania 2006).
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