Volume 2, Issue 5, October 2017, Page: 78-86
Ethnobotany of Ecological-Based Tourist Centres in the Western Zone of Ekiti State, Nigeria
Joshua Kayode, Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Olatunji Akinyele, Office of the Majority Leader, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Modupe Janet Ayeni, Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Received: Jul. 29, 2017;       Accepted: Aug. 22, 2017;       Published: Oct. 4, 2017
DOI: 10.11648/j.eeb.20170205.12      View  1672      Downloads  53
Abstract
The rapid appraisal method was used to assess the potentials of ecological-based tourism in three tourist centres situated in the western zone of Ekiti State, Nigeria. Visits were made to the centres. In each centre, the tree species, in the vegetation, situated within 50m radius of the main attractive feature of the centre were identified. The ethnobotanical values of the species were defined by 20 randomly selected aboriginal respondents that were interviewed with the aid of semi-structured questionnaire matrix. Also, in each centre, 10 tourists were randomly selected and interviewed on the values of the flora species in the centre. While the aboriginal respondents were versed on the identification and ethnobotanical values of the flora species, the tourist respondents were grossly deficient on these. Thus the results obtained revealed that the centres could serve as avenues to educate tourists on the biodiversity, ecology and ethnobotany of flora species in the immediate vicinities of the centres. Also, restoration of Nature’s Study as a subject in primary schools will also improve the consciousness and awareness of the populace on the conservation of the nation’s renewable natural resources.
Keywords
Ethnobotany, Ecological-Based, Tourism, Flora, Nigeria
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Joshua Kayode, Olatunji Akinyele, Modupe Janet Ayeni, Ethnobotany of Ecological-Based Tourist Centres in the Western Zone of Ekiti State, Nigeria, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Vol. 2, No. 5, 2017, pp. 78-86. doi: 10.11648/j.eeb.20170205.12
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