Takeaways:

  • A mix of beliefs, taboos and myths, passed orally from generation to generation, has been at the centre of wildlife conservation in many parts of the Zimbabwe.
  • Local traditional leaders in the country strictly enforce the limits and taboos and impose heavy fines on whoever is caught breaking them to help protect local wildlife.
  • “When compared to conventional strategies, the [Indigenous knowledge] approach is better as it avoids such conflicts and requires fewer state resources for enforcing laws to protect wildlife and forest resources”, revealed a study in Zimbabwe’s Nharira community of Chikomba.

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