Anurans (frogs and toads): New nature tourism product for conservation and local people well-being

Kueh, Boon Hee and Kiruba Devi Latchmanan and Tw, Danny Chew and Maryati Mohamed, Datin (2006) Anurans (frogs and toads): New nature tourism product for conservation and local people well-being. In: *th Biennial International Conference of the Borneo Research Council, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak.


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Nature tourism is a pragmatic synergy between environmental conservation and local people well-being enhancement under contemporary context. ‘Anurans Tourism’, a new nature tourism product on frogs and toads, proffers a new attraction to augment the current products in Sabah, Malaysia. This paper aims to scrutinize the potential of ‘Anurans Tourism’. Four criteria: endemism, reliability of sightings, morphological attractiveness and linkage to local cultures, were analysed. The degree of anuran endemism recorded at Tabin Wildlife Reserve (2000), Bavanggazo (2001) and Crocker Range Park (2002) was 56.9%. Preliminary questionnaire survey conducted at Bavanggazo revealed 47.2% sightings of 11 – 15 individuals per night. Preliminary questionnaire survey on the morphological attractiveness of anurans carried out on international tourists from Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America, showed 67.8% of affirmation. Interviews with local people documented various traditional knowledge pertaining to anurans. Indeed, ‘Anurans Tourism’ fulfils the criteria and possesses notable potential.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Keyword: Anurans, Nature tourism, Conservation, Local people
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General). Atlases. Maps > G1-922 Geography (General) > G149-180 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G154.9-155.8 Travel and state. Tourism
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Q Science > QL Zoology > QL1-991 Zoology > QL605-739.8 Chordates. Vertebrates > QL640-669.3 Reptiles and amphibians
Department: INSTITUTE > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Depositing User: ADMIN ADMIN
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2011 15:13
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 15:10

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