You are here: Home / Journal Articles / Perceptions and attitudes of a Maasai community regarding wildlife-damage compensation, conservation, and the predators that prey on their livestock / About

Perceptions and attitudes of a Maasai community regarding wildlife-damage compensation, conservation, and the predators that prey on their livestock

By Shari Lynn Rodriguez

View Resource (HTM)

Licensed under

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Worldwide, carnivore numbers are declining, largely due to conflict with humans. Wildlife-damage compensation schemes are one potential way to increase tolerance for carnivores while minimizing financial losses people incur when carnivores prey on livestock. The Predator Compensation Fund (PCF) is one such scheme. This study examined the PCF using two dimensions of success for compensation, namely public opinion and social equity. The lack of awareness and understanding about the project led to various misperceptions. These misperceptions increased negative attitudes toward the PCF and carnivores. Successful resolution of these issues depends on frequent and extensive education efforts about all aspects of the project for all community members, as well as timely information dissemination, which will serve to increase the project's transparency and social equity. Adjustments to some rules and procedures would increase perceptions of fairness and help shift the responsibility back to the community for properly protecting their livestock against carnivores. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

Publication Title Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume 13
Issue 3
Pages 205-206
ISBN/ISSN 1087-12091533-158X
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10871200801886137
Author Address Rodriguez, Shari Lynn, cityzoo@hotmail.com
Cite this work

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Tags
  1. Africa
  2. Agriculture
  3. Animal environments
  4. Animals
  5. Communities
  6. Conservation
  7. Environment
  8. Finance
  9. Interspecies interactions
  10. Livestock
  11. peer-reviewed
  12. predators
  13. prey
  14. Public opinion
  15. wildlife management
Badges
  1. peer-reviewed