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Not just the Big Five: African ecotourists prefer parks brimming with bird diversity

Ecotourism helps sustain protected areas (PAs) that in turn conserve Africa’s declining fauna. Identifying ecotourist preferences and which species and landscapes benefit from ecotourism could therefore support African biodiversity conservation efforts. Due to historic associations with trophy hunting and subsequent ecotourism marketing efforts, ecotourist preferences have been thought to traditionally center around the ‘Big Five’: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. But these preferences may be evolving. Here, we ask two questions, one about the drivers and one about the

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Tourism Potentials and Challenges of the Somali Region, Ethiopia

The main objective of this study was to explore tourism potentials and challenges of the Somali National Regional State, eastern Ethiopia. A qualitative research approach was employed and both primary and secondary data were collected using focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, observation, and document analysis. Rely on the thematic analyses made; this research found out that the study area has ample cultural, historical, natural, archaeological, and religious tourism products or resources. Besides, the study divulged the deficiency of awareness on

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Tourism Development, Rural Livelihoods, and Conservation in the Okavango Delta, Bostwana

This study analyzed changes in livelihoods before and after tourism development at Khwai, Mababe and Sankoyo villages in the Okavango Delta. Specifically, it analyzed how people interacted with species like giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), sable antelope (Hippotragus niger) and thatching grass (Cymbopogon excavatus) before and after tourism development. This analysis was expected to measure the effectiveness of tourism development as a tool to improve livelihoods and conservation. The concept of social capital, sustainable livelihoods framework and the Community-Based Natural Resource Management

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The South African giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa: a conservation success story

Across Africa the majority of giraffe species and subspecies are in decline, whereas the South African giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa remains numerous and widespread throughout southern Africa. By 2013 the number of giraffes in South Africa’s Kruger National Park had increased by c. 150% compared to 1979 estimates. An even greater increase occurred on many of the estimated 12,000 privately owned game ranches, indicating that private ownership can help to conserve this subspecies. The estimated total population size in South

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