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Article Number - 98051AB64792


Vol.9(7), pp. 246-255 , July 2017
DOI: 10.5897/IJBC2017.1075
ISSN: 2141-243X



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Threats and conservation challenges of wildlife in Harenna Forest, Harenna Buluk District, South East Ethiopia



Sefi Mekonen
  • Sefi Mekonen
  • Department of Ecotourism and Biodiversity Conservation, Madda Walabu University, P. O. Box 247, Ethiopia.
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Alefu Chinasho
  • Alefu Chinasho
  • Department of Environmental Science, Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia.
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Kassegn Berhanu
  • Kassegn Berhanu
  • Department of Tourism Management, Debre Berehan University, Ethiopia.
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Sewnet Tesfaye
  • Sewnet Tesfaye
  • Department of Tourism Management, Madda Walabu University, P. O. Box 247, Ethiopia.
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 Received: 25 January 2017  Accepted: 30 March 2017  Published: 31 July 2017

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This study was conducted in Harenna Forest, Harenna Buluk District, South East Ethiopia to assess threats and conservation challenges of wildlife in Harenna Forests. Data collection was carried out from March to June, 2016 using questionnaire surveys, interviews and focus group discussion. The wildlife threats and conservation challenges of Harenna Forests were varied among different village’s forests. The data revealed that deforestation; habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation; agriculture expansion; settlement; overutilization of forest resources; human-wildlife conflict; fire; district’s administration problems and wildlife hunting were the major wildlife threats in the area. Conservation of wildlife resources in Harenna Forest are challenged mainly due to urbanization, agricultural expansion, habitat fragmentation, and resource extraction. Most of respondents (86.5%) acknowledged that the status of wildlife in the Harenna Forest is decreasing particularly due to the above mentioned anthropogenic causes. Therefore, awareness creation programmes should be organized in the community and it will help to reduce wildlife threats and to develop wildlife management.

Key words: Conservation challenge, Harenna Forest, threat, wildlife.

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APA Mekonen, S., Chinasho, A., Berhanu, K., & Tesfaye, S. (2017). Threats and conservation challenges of wildlife in Harenna Forest, Harenna Buluk District, South East Ethiopia. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, 9(7), 246-255.
Chicago Sefi Mekonen, Alefu Chinasho, Kassegn Berhanu and Sewnet Tesfaye. "Threats and conservation challenges of wildlife in Harenna Forest, Harenna Buluk District, South East Ethiopia." International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 9, no. 7 (2017): 246-255.
MLA Sefi Mekonen, et al. "Threats and conservation challenges of wildlife in Harenna Forest, Harenna Buluk District, South East Ethiopia." International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 9.7 (2017): 246-255.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJBC2017.1075
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/IJBC/article-abstract/98051AB64792

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