Serengeti Story: A scientist in paradise

Hardcover | November 14, 2012

byAnthony Sinclair

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Serengeti is arguably the most well-known and highly treasured conservation area in the world. In 1972 the United Nations meeting on National Parks and Protected Areas agreed to set up World Heritage Sites, now supervised by UNESCO, and at that meeting they voted Serengeti top of the list.What makes this site outstanding? What happens in Serengeti biologically? How did it become a protected area? What are the historical events that have shaped its present dynamics? What will happen to it in future? How has it become relevant to human society and conservation? These are the questionsthat Anthony Sinclair answers. First arriving in Serengeti in 1961, he has worked as a scientist in this ecosystem since 1965, and continues to do so today. In the process he has documented not only the ecological events as the system has changed but also the political, economic, and social events that have driven these changes.Including personal accounts of the dramatic events brought about by the vicissitudes of political turmoil, he tells the story of Serengeti and its surrounding research. Providing the historical background - both the paleohistory going back 4 million years and the modern history of the region - heexamines the future of conservation, considering the ominous threats facing the Serengeti today.

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Serengeti is arguably the most well-known and highly treasured conservation area in the world. In 1972 the United Nations meeting on National Parks and Protected Areas agreed to set up World Heritage Sites, now supervised by UNESCO, and at that meeting they voted Serengeti top of the list.What makes this site outstanding? What happens ...

Professor Sinclair began his research in 1965 in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania on the population regulation of African buffalo. He subsequently studied the regulation of the wildebeest and other ungulate populations, looking at the effects of food supply and predation. He has examined the causes of migration and its consequences on...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 14, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199645523

ISBN - 13:9780199645527

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1. Serengeti: a wonder of the natural world2. The great migration3. African buffalo4. The great pandemic5. The African Queen6. Serengeti beginnings7. The migration of birds8. Socialism9. War--sort of!10. Hurricane11. Border closure12. One million wildebeest13. Outbreak of trees14. Sudan15. Coup d'etat16. Ivory poaching17. Bandits18. Of princes and polo19. Hando fights back20. Man-eaters21. Biodiversity22. The Future of ConservationAppendix: The main species in Serengeti