Journal of Undergraduate Research


conservation, gender, Mount Kilimanjaro, fuel sourcing habits


Family, Home, and Social Sciences




Initially, this project aimed to examine cultural factors influencing fuel sourcing habits around Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. In 2008, a study conducted by Prof. Jeffery Durrant of the BYU Geography Department found that the Chagga (an ethnic group which lives on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro) hold a negative opinion towards the National Park and its staff. Specifically, I wanted to know if giving locals an opportunity to experience the park as tourists would change these perceptions and behavior when it came to conservation. However, as research progressed, it became clear that there were deeply seeded issues related to gender and community among the Chagga that were affecting perceptions and relationships with the Kilimanjaro National Park and Forest. This became the new focus of this project.

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