Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Serengeti IVSustaining biodiversity in a coupled human-natural system$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Anthony R. E. Sinclair, Kristine L. Metzger, Simon A. R. Mduma, and John M. Fryxell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226195834

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 18 September 2021

Carnivore Communities in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem

Carnivore Communities in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem

Chapter:
(p.419) Fifteen Carnivore Communities in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem
Source:
Serengeti IV
Author(s):

Meggan E. Craft

Katie Hampson

Joseph O. Ogutu

Sarah M. Durant

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.003.0015

The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem harbors a rich community of carnivores, and we are making gains to understand their ecology and distribution. In this system seasonality is important in driving many of the large carnivores’ movements and abundance patterns, while the distribution of all carnivores is also influenced by the availability of their preferred habitats in the ecosystem. However, even in an ecosystem the size of the Serengeti, carnivores are still influenced by the impacts of humans. Human activities, particularly from higher density agropastoralist populations, severely impact the structure and composition of carnivore assemblages, with far-reaching consequences. Agropastoralist areas likely act as sinks for wide-ranging larger bodied carnivore species and potentially as sources for opportunistic omnivorous species, whereas carnivore guilds are more complete and diverse in pastoralist areas—further confirming their conservation value. Long-term trends in abundance can be detected using the methods we present here, and future cross-disciplinary research needs to be implemented to determine the drivers of these trends (for example, in our case, declines in golden jackal abundance).

Keywords:   agropastoral, carnivore management, ecosystem, carnivore species

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.