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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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Living in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem

Living in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem

Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence

(p.606) (p.607) Twenty-One Living in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem
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For communities living around the Serengeti, wildlife is often regarded as a burden causing significant losses of crops and livestock at the household level, large opportunity costs of lost grazing and farmland held in protected areas and immediate dangers to human life and wellbeing. As agricultural land becomes more scarce and local sources of income and employment hard to access, community members are often unwilling and economically unable to bear the costs associated with conserving wildlife on and around their lands. Approaches to wildlife management imposed over the course of the last century have exacerbated, rather than improved this situation, with local communities’ rights to natural resources expropriated by protected areas. The Serengeti situation mirrors that of many other parts of Africa, where communities living within the vicinity of protected areas that earn a large proportion of national wildlife tourism revenue, receive very little (as little as one percent) of foreign exchange earnings derived from this source.

Keywords:   human-wildlife conflict, natural habitats, migratory patterns, conservancies, Serengeti National Park, SNP)

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