International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 553

Full Length Research Paper

Hunting of Preuss’s red colobus (Procolobus preussi) in Korup National Park, Cameroon

Sylvie Nguedem Fonkwo
  • Sylvie Nguedem Fonkwo
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Bamenda, Bamenda, Cameroon.
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Mpoame Mbida
  • Mpoame Mbida
  • Department of Animal Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon.
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Tsi Evaristus Angwafo
  • Tsi Evaristus Angwafo
  • Department of Forestry, Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences (FASA), University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon.
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Valentine Buh Ebua
  • Valentine Buh Ebua
  • Department of Animal Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon.
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  •  Received: 29 April 2017
  •  Accepted: 02 September 2017
  •  Published: 28 February 2018

Abstract

This study was carried out in Korup Region to investigate the reasons for hunting preuss’s red colobus (PRC) in Korup National Park (KNP) Cameroon in order to contribute to its sustainable management. Questionnaires (open and closed end) were used to gather personal information from hunters on different hunting tactics, reasons for hunting PRC and threats to this species in KNP for a period of one month (January 2014). One hundred and eighty-seven hunters responded to questionnaires that were distributed in all 5 villages in the park and 5 other villages randomly selected from the 23 villages surrounding KNP. Excel software was used and all variables were used to calculate relative proportions. Results showed that 53.5% of hunters use shotguns and 46.5% use both shotgun and wire snares in hunting. Majority of the hunters (46%) practice both hunting and farming, 32% practice solely hunting, 18% practice hunting and fishing, and 4% practice hunting, farming and fishing. A large proportion (73.3%) of hunters does hunt PRC for protein and income. However, 45.3% of them do not eat PRC because of its bad odour, and 22% do not eat it because the meat is hard. Hunters in KNP depend on hunting for their survival. Therefore, this calls for conservation action, such as introducing an alternative source of livelihood and protein to hunters, which will help to improve their standard of living and supply protein for their healthy growth, thereby discouraging hunting.

Key words: Hunting, Korup National Park, anthropogenic activity, survival, Procolobus preussi.