Volume 6 Issue 1 February 2008 Applied Research Note 3

Prominence of Problem Behaviors Among Visitors to Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya: Revelations of Wardens

by Fredrick N. Kassilly (Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management)

A study was conducted in April 2007 to identify problem behaviors and rate their prominence among visitors to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. Self-administered questionnaires describing 20 behaviors with a response scale of “Major Problem” (1), “Minor Problem” (2), “Not a Problem” (3), and “Not sure” (4) were served on all (30) wardens who monitor visitor conduct within the reserve. Fifteen (75%), four (25%) and one (5%) of the described behaviors were rated as major problems, minor problems and non-problems respectively. Development of an effective Visitor Impact Management (VIM) strategy is recommended to promote responsible and sustainable wildlife based tourism.

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