The Role of Folklore in Conservation of Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

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Published: 2023-08-29

DOI: 10.56557/jogee/2023/v18i48360

Page: 1-13


Frances Tugumisirize

Nkumba University, P.O. Box 237, Entebbe, Uganda.

Joseph Muyiira

Nkumba University, P.O. Box 237, Entebbe, Uganda.

Alex Barakagira

Nkumba University, P.O. Box 237, Entebbe, Uganda and Kyambogo University, P.O. Box 1, Kampala, Uganda.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

This study set out to examine the role of folklore in conservation of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Attention was put on exploring the types of folklore that are available for conservation of mountain gorillas among the communities; and the application of folklore in conservation of mountain gorillas in the Southern Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The study involved in seeking an understanding of the people’s interpretations, perceptions, opinions, and ideas concerning the conservation of mountain gorillas. A purely qualitative case study research design was employed to achieve the study objectives.  Purposive sampling techniques were used to select respondents for the study. In-depth interviews and focus group discussions with the respondents were employed to collect the required data. The results confirmed an array of folklores including legends, myths, folkloric names, folk dances and songs, harvesting beliefs, taboos, and totems that were used in the conservation of the mountain gorillas. Folklores also inculcated conservation attitudes and behaviors that concerned some other plants and animals into the members of the local community. The research findings confirmed that folklores can be integrated into community-based conservation programs, conservation policies, resource access programmes, eco-tourism, school curriculum and education and awareness programmes for an effective conservation of important biodiversity including mountain gorillas.

Hence, documentation of folklore, integration of folklore in the National Education Curriculum, involvement of folklore users in the conservation policy making processes, and development of the Uganda national folklore policy are very essential for the continued conservation of the mountain gorillas.

Keywords: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, conservation, folklore, mountain gorilla, Uganda


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Tugumisirize, F., Muyiira, J., & Barakagira, A. (2023). The Role of Folklore in Conservation of Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Journal of Global Ecology and Environment, 18(4), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.56557/jogee/2023/v18i48360

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