Factors affecting local ecological knowledge and perceived threat to the kori bustard (Ardeotis kori struthiunculus) in the Serengeti Ecosystem, Northern Tanzania

Mar 1, 2021

This study examines local tribal knowledge regarding the ecology of the kori bustard (Ardeotis kori
struthiunculus) and assessed threats to this species in Northern Serengeti communities. A picture of an
indigenous kori bustard was presented to survey participants in villages in the study area. General
knowledge on the kori bustard was tested in relation to the bird’s general habitat, nesting habitat, food
and number of individuals in groups. Of the survey respondents, 56.7% knew the name of the kori
bustard and were therefore included in further analyses. The Maasai tribe showed the greatest
knowledge of the species, with 98% of individuals identifying the species correctly. Additionally, male
survey participants were generally more knowledgeable than females. No differences among age
groups or individuals with different education levels were found, suggesting that there is a local
knowledge transfer of the species to all age groups regardless of educational level of respondents and
that education is not an obstacle to the local knowledge. The study concludes that nature of activities
e.g. nomadic and social life, gender and tribes were contributing factors to the knowledge of the kori
bustard in the northern Serengeti.

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