Nolwazi S. MbongwaUniversity of the Witwatersrand | wits · School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Nolwazi S. Mbongwa
PhD candidate at the Institute of Communities and Wildlife in Africa, UCT.
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Trade in lion parts associated with cultural and traditional use is poorly understood. Here we sought to better understand the role and use of lion body parts in the commercial traditional medicine (muthi) trade of South Africa. In 2019 we conducted a semi-structured questionnaire survey of muthi traders (n = 10) and traditional healers (n = 20) wh...
Cultivation of medicinal plant species has been recommended as a conservation intervention to reduce the pressure on wild populations that are under threat of extirpation due to overexploitation, but there have been reports of resistance among some traditional healers and muthi traders to such initiatives. This resistance raises questions of whethe...