Habitat Loss for Wild Dogs in Ruaha Ecosystem: A Case Study of Kitisi, Makifu, Mahuninga and Tungamalenga Iringa Rural District-Tanzania

Mungure,, Jossam Samwel (2017) Habitat Loss for Wild Dogs in Ruaha Ecosystem: A Case Study of Kitisi, Makifu, Mahuninga and Tungamalenga Iringa Rural District-Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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This study assessed the extent of habitat loss in the Ruaha ecosystem. Specifically, it evaluated the root causes for habitat loss, discussed and examined the environmental implication of habitat loss and the efforts being made to restore the situation for wild dogs in Ruaha Ecosystem in Iringa Rural District. This work studied the contributing factors and presents the associated environmental implication – manifested by a decline of wild dogs‟ populations and habitat loss. Qualitative and quantitative information were collected using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) techniques that included: household interviews, focus group discussions, interview of key informants and field observations. 151 households, 10 focus group discussions in each village and 16 Key informants‟ questionnaires in four sampled villages of Mahuninga, Kitisi, Makifu, and Tungamalenga were purposively selected for interview. Quantitative methods were used to analyze the data using IBM, SPSS and MS Excel computer programs while content analysis technique was used for qualitative information. The study findings revealed that demographic factors have been hampering the habitat loss and population growth that increases the high demand for natural resources is also a contributing factor towards habitat loss. The study recommends; adoption of the poverty reduction policies/strategies that are conservation-friendly, provision of adequate conservation status to critical wildlife areas, discourage policies, land uses and projects likely to have adverse impacts on habitats; enhance conservation education and research, involve local communities, institute participatory land use planning, provide adequate conservation incentive and discouraging the destruction of critical wild dog habitats.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 360 Social services; association
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2020 11:29
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2020 11:29
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2447

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