Conflicting Attitudes of Local People and Conservation Officials in Kenya
Natural Resources and Society
Taylor & Francis Online
We present a case study of the social issues of wildlife conservation in Kenya based on field work in and near Nairobi and Tsavo National Parks. Surveys of small‐scale cultivators and pastoralists (157) and local park officials (44) reveal that there are widespread negative feelings and perceptions of local people toward state policies and programs of wildlife conservation. For instance, 84% of the local people reported that there is a bad relationship between the national park management and the local community; only 10% stated that the park is an asset to them; and 57% asserted that the park should be abolished. Moreover, perceptions and attitudes of local people and park officials are greatly disparate with regard to the benefits the parks provide for local people, the level of conflict between local people and wildlife, and the future of the parks.
Akama, J.S., C.L. Lant and W. Burnett, 1995. Conflicting Attitudes of Local People and Conservation Officials in Kenya, Natural Resources and Society 8: 133-144.