Socio-economic Determinants of Wild Birds and Reptiles in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria  

O.O. Oduntan1 , D.O. Ogunyode2 , S.O.  Ojo2 , S.A. Onadeko1
1 Department of Forestry & Wildlife Mgt., Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
2 Department of Wildlife & Ecotourism Mgt., University of Ibadan, Nigeria
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International Journal of Molecular Evolution and Biodiversity, 2012, Vol. 2, No. 2   doi: 10.5376/ijmeb.2012.02.0002
Received: 05 Nov., 2012    Accepted: 08 Nov., 2012    Published: 10 Dec., 2012
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Oduntan et al., 2012, Socio-economic Determinant of the Consumption of Wild Birds and Reptiles in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, International Journal of Molecular Evolution and Biodiversity, Vol.2, No.2, 8~12 (doi: 10.5376/ijmeb.2012.02.0002)

Abstract

This study investigated socio-economic factors of human population in Abeokuta metropolis of Ogun State that contribute to the consumption of wild birds and reptiles. Primary data were collected through the administration of structured questionnaires to garner information from consumers of Wild birds and Reptiles in the study area. Fifty (50) questionnaires were randomly administered in each of the four markets that were prominent in the sales of wild birds and reptiles for consumption within the study area. Data were analyzed using percentages; while regression analysis was also used to determine the socio-economic factors that contribute to the consumption of wild birds and reptiles in Abeokuta metropolis. Results show that Age of respondents (p<0.05; t=2.564) is the only socio factor that contribute significantly to the consumption of wild birds and reptiles in the study area. Policy recommendations were made based on the outcome of the findings.

Keywords
Wildlife; Bush meat; Preference; Demographic; Status
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