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Maasailand ecology [electronic resource] : pastoralist development and wildlife conservation in Ngorongoro, Tanzania /
K.M. Homewood and W.A. Rodgers.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
description
xiii, 298 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0521400023 (hardback)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
isbn
0521400023 (hardback)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8366511
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-285) and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-09:
The Maasai pastoralists of East Africa are possibly the best described and most widely known of all of Africa's many peoples. Homewood and Rodgers add significantly to the literature by presenting a rather broad summary of Maasai prehistory, history, and ethnography, and then, in depth, the ecology of the Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), a part of the larger area utilized by contemporary Maasai. The politics of conservation and resource management in colonial and post-colonial times, as well as the various attempts to develop NCA inhabitants and their economy are presented in great detail, with extensive references. The ecology of other Maasai areas (the Maasai Mara, Serengeti, and adjacent controlled game areas) is more broadly sketched. Anthropologist Homewood and wildlife ecologist Rodgers show great sensitivity in analyzing Maasai livestock management practices and their relationship to wildlife populations, and a strong case is made for involving Maasai at all stages of planning and management of the NCA. Ecologically oriented undergraduates, graduates, and professionals will find this an important case study. F. P. Conant; Hunter College, CUNY
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the African savanna is a joint land use area founded to combine the goals of wildlife conservation and pastoralist development. Ngorongoro grazing resources are crucial to the famous migratory antelope herds of the Serengeti. They also underpin the subsistence of the Ngorongoro Maasai and their herds, some 25,000 pastoralists. Unfortunately, management problems in Ngorongoro encapsulate many of the major debates in ecology and conservation of African savannas. Conservationists see the Maasai as a threat to environment and wildlife, particularly as wild and domestic ungulate populations compete for limited grazing among other resources, and some have sought their expulsion. The archaeology and history of the area, however, demonstrate thousands of years of successful and sustainable coexistence of pastoralist land use with wildlife in Ngorongoro. The Maasai see themselves as having an important role to play in planning, policy, and management of this area, but currently have no effective participation. This book explores perceived problems, ecological facts, and possible management solutions. Using an interdisciplinary approach it argues this highly charged issue in terms of ecological fact and theory. This will be an essential book for all those involved in environmental management and policy making.
Main Description
Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the heart of Maasailand is one of the world's most important conservation heritage areas. This book centres on a field study of the Ngorongoro Maasai and their herds, around which present knowledge of African rangeland, wildlife, livestock and pastoralist ecology is brought together and analysed. Management problems in Ngorongoro encapsulate many of the major debates in the ecology and conservation of African savannas. This book explores perceived problems, ecological facts and possible management solutions. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the authors argue a highly charged issue in terms of ecological fact and theory. This is an essential book for all those interested in the interface between wildlife conservation and human land use, whether professional ecologists or biologists, conservationists or resource managers, development workers or rural planners, and more generally, all those concerned with the ecological facts behind environmental and development issues.
Description for Bookstore
Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the heart of the Maasailand is one of the worldÂ’s most important conservation heritage areas. This book centres on a field study of the Ngorongoro Maasai and their herds, around which present knowledge of African rangeland, wildlife, livestock and pastoralist ecology is brought together and analysed. It explores perceived problems, ecological facts and possible management solutions.
Description for Library
Ngorongoro has been called the eighth wonder of the world. The vast migrating antelope herds of the Serengeti converge here for their wet season grazing and calving. The book describes the interrelations of the wildlife with the Maasai, who with other pastoralist groups have grazed their herds in Ngorongoro for thousands of years. Ngorongoro Conservation Area was set up for both wildlife and pastoralists, but management conflicts and biological problems have arisen with joint land use. This book explores the perceived problems, ecological facts and possible management solutions behind the case and will be an essential tool for all those involved in environmental management and policy making.
Description for Bookstore
Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the heart of the Maasailand is one of the world's most important conservation heritage areas. This book centres on a field study of the Ngorongoro Maasai and their herds, around which present knowledge of African rangeland, wildlife, livestock and pastoralist ecology is brought together and analysed. It explores perceived problems, ecological facts and possible management solutions.
Table of Contents
Management problems and applied ecology in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Maasai of Ngorongoro
History, politics and perceptions in Ngorongoro
Management-orientated research in NCA
Range resources
Wildlife
Livestock ecology
Livestock and wildlife
Maasai ecology: development, demography and subsistence
Conservation and development
Development interventions
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