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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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Bushmeat Hunting in the Serengeti Ecosystem

Bushmeat Hunting in the Serengeti Ecosystem

An Assessment of Drivers and Impact on Migratory and Nonmigratory Wildlife

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The Greater Serengeti Ecosystem (GSE), consists of a diverse mix of land-uses, management areas, and local ethnic groups; each with a unique relationship to natural resources. Among the characteristics that make this ecosystem unique is the lack of fences demarcating protected areas. As a result of this policy wildlife is not bound to the confines of legally protected areas. This is especially relevant in the Serengeti, where more than two million wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and zebra (Equus quagga burchelli) pass through up to five different types of land use in their migration throughout the ecosystem. These multiple land use types are intended to help better conserve wildlife, while allowing various stakeholders to reap the benefits of conservation. However, as the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra passes through the ecosystem and the various land-use types, the herds are exposed to risk from human utilization, particularly bushmeat hunting.

Keywords:   bushmeat, Greater Serengeti Ecosystem, GSE, poaching, migrations, population dynamics

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