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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 5)
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Traditional Zootherapeutic Studies in Degu'a Tembien, Northern Ethiopia

Tsegazeabe H. Haileselasie
Corresponding Author:  Tsegazeabe H. Haileselasie 

Key words:  Biodiversity, degu'a tembien, ethno zoology, tigray, zootherapy, ,
Vol. 4 , (5): 563-569
Submitted Accepted Published
May 24, 2012 July 18, 2012 September 20, 2012

There is evidence that human beings are familiar with use of animals and plants for food, cloth, medicine, etc. since the distant past. In Ethiopia, many ethnic communities which are dispersed all over the country has been totally dependent on local traditional medicinal system for their health care. Thus, the aim of this study was to take an ethno zoological field survey among Tigray people (main tribal group of Degu'a Tembien). In order to document the ethno zoological information about animal and their products prevalent among the people in Degu'a Tembien district, a study was carried out from September, 2010 to January, 2011. Data was collected through semi-structured questionnaire and open interview with 25 purposively selected respondents. Then the name of animal and other ethno zoological information were documented. Based on the ethno zoological survey, a total of 23 animal species were used in 45 different medicinal purposes including cold, weakness, burn, cough, paralysis and blister and for other religious/and ritual purposes. Based on the ethno zoological survey, 9 mammals, 7 birds, 1 reptile, 5 arthropods are used in traditional zootherauptics in the study area. Furthermore, the meat of cow used to relieved fever and cough has the highest FL (96%) and House fly has the lowest FL (20%) used to treat. Some endemic and rare species such as Abyssinian black winged love bird (Agapornis taranta) and Ethiopian Highland Hare (Lepus starcki) are also mentioned as important medicinal resources in trado-zootherauptic practices. The results showed that ethno zoological practices have been an important alternative medicinal practice for the people residing in the study area. So, there is an urgent need to properly document to keep a record of the ethno zoological knowledge of the area. It is hoped that this information will be useful for further research in the field of ethno zoology, ethno pharmacology and conservation point of view.
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Tsegazeabe H. Haileselasie, 2012. Traditional Zootherapeutic Studies in Degu'a Tembien, Northern Ethiopia.  Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 4(5): 563-569.
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