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Title: Local knowledge and attitude towards the Vulnerable Bhutan takin Budorcas whitei among residents living within its seasonal range
Contributor(s): Sangay, Tiger (author); Rajaratnam, Rajanathan  (author)orcid ; Vernes, Karl  (author)orcid ; Tighe, Matthew  (author)
Early Online Version: 2019-02-12
DOI: 10.1017/S0030605318000418
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Abstract: We assessed local knowledge of and attitudes towards a large, endemic bovid, the Bhutan takin Budorcas whitei, within its seasonal range in Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan. Using semi-structured questionnaires, data were collected in March 2015 from interviews with 169 park residents. A conditional inference tree analysis was used to explore associations between demography, locality, and secondary response variables through questions relating to respondents’ knowledge of the takin's status as a protected species, a Vulnerable species, and as the national animal. Most respondents knew the takin was Bhutan's national animal, and of those, a significantly high proportion also knew of its protected status. Significantly more respondents residing in the species’ summer, rather than winter, range were aware of the takin's Vulnerable status. Most respondents expressed positive feelings towards the takin and supported its protection. This strong positive attitude, in conjunction with awareness-raising efforts, could be valuable for promoting the takin as a montane flagship species.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Oryx, p. 1-7
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0030-6053
Field of Research (FOR): 040699 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050203 Environmental Education and Extension
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Environmental and Rural Science
School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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