Potential of anurans (Frogs and Toads) in Sabah as a new nature tourism product

Kiruba Devi Latchmanan, (2005) Potential of anurans (Frogs and Toads) in Sabah as a new nature tourism product. Universiti Malaysia Sabah. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This research is to propose a new nature tourism product by introducing 'Anurans Tourism'. The main objective of this research is to determine the potential of anurans as a new nature tourism product through three criteria, which are morphological gorgeousness, reliability of sightings and linkage to local cultures. The three sampling areas are Bavanggazo, Bongawan and Telupid. Two different sets of questionnaires were prepared and distributed to tourists and local people. Interviews were also held with the village headmen or 'Tok Penghulu' . The total number of respondents was 14l. About 85.1% of respondents agreed that anurans of Sabah have the potential to be introduced as a new nature tourism product. Morphological gorgeousness is measured by attractiveness of anurans and feelings of tourists and local people towards anurans. Many respondents agreed that anurans look attractive and some feels mesmerized and interested towards anurans. Majority of the respondents felt nothing towards anuran. Reliability of sightings for anurans is quite high as local people could spot many anurans (11 to 15 anurans per day) at night and indicated its presence through voice. Linkage to local cultures is indicated through anurans consumption among the local people as well as beliefs and local literatures related to anurans. Local people that consume anurans rated the meat from average to tasty (scale 3 to 5). Most of the local people does not believe in any belief related to anurans because they regard it as nonsense. This study proves that anurans fulfill the three criteria. Species such as Limnonectes leporinus, Rona erythraea, Hoplobatrachus rugulosus, Kaloula baleata, Kaloula pulchra, Rana chalconota and species from genus Megophrys can be introduced under 'Anurans Tourism'.

Item Type: Academic Exercise
Uncontrolled Keywords: tourism, anurans, morphological gorgeousness, reliability of sighting, local culture
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: SCHOOL > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: MDM SITI AZIZAH IDRIS
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2013 06:55
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 07:25
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/6689

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