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Serengeti IVSustaining biodiversity in a coupled human-natural system$
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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

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Shaping the Serengeti Ecosystem

Shaping the Serengeti Ecosystem

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(p.11) Two Shaping the Serengeti Ecosystem
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Serengeti IV
Author(s):

Anthony R. E. Sinclair

Andy Dobson

Simon A. R. Mduma

Kristine L. Metzger

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.003.0002

This chapter outlines the historical events that have shaped the nature of the Serengeti ecosystem and the surrounding human populations. Currently, the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is an area of some 25,000 km2 on the border of Tanzania and Kenya, East Africa, and it is defined by the movements of the migratory wildebeest. Outside it boundaries are agricultural and pastoralist tribes. Historically, the Serengeti ecosystem was affected by the ivory trade and rinderpest (a viral disease of cattle) in the 19th century. After the 1920s era of uncontrolled hunting, the area started to be protected, gradually, leading to the formation of the modern Serengeti National Park boundaries. These events all had repercussions on the human and natural ecosystems of today.

Keywords:   conservation, Denys Finch-Hatton, ivory trade, rinderpest, Serengeti ecosystem, Tanzania, wildebeest

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