Ethno mammalogical folks of the endemic Theropithecus gelada: A religious links in afro alpine ecosystem of Abune Yosef Monastery, Northern Ethiopia

Mulualem G       

Abstract

Abune Yosef monastery is situated 500 km away from the capital city Addis Abeba in Northern Ethiopia. The site is best represented by Afro Alpine ecosystem with diverse floristic and faunastic community. Local peasants of Lalibela settling adjacent to the monastery have a long term interaction with wildlife starting 14th century. In the locality there was an intensive human primate conflict lasting long. The problem animal was Theropithecus gelada one of the big five endemic mammals of Ethiopia. As to the clergies of the monastery Theropithecus gelada was too problematic in crop riding within large scale farms of the local peasants. Subsequently, the farmers were misperceiving and persecuting Theropithecus gelada in reverse to the crop losses caused. Once up on a time the then spiritual father who have remarkable community acceptance called Abune Yosef find a child crying around farmlands adjacent to the Afro Alpine Ecosystem of their monastic yards. Paternally, he asked him why he is crying and responded because of his mother’s death and not attending the funeral to shield the farm against crop ride of Gelada


MS Received Date:   2015-12-15  MS Accepted Date:  2015-12-26  MS Published Date:  2015-12-29
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Mulualem G "Ethno mammalogical folks of the endemic Theropithecus gelada: A religious links in afro alpine ecosystem of Abune Yosef Monastery, Northern Ethiopia" Journal of Zoology Studies 2.4 (2015): 0-48.
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Mulualem, G. (2015). Ethno mammalogical folks of the endemic Theropithecus gelada: A religious links in afro alpine ecosystem of Abune Yosef Monastery, Northern Ethiopia. Journal of Zoology Studies, 2(4), 0-48.
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Mulualem G. Ethno mammalogical folks of the endemic Theropithecus gelada: A religious links in afro alpine ecosystem of Abune Yosef Monastery, Northern Ethiopia. Journal of Zoology Studies. 2015; 2(4): 0-48.
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