The Human Context of the Amboseli Elephants

Kadzo Kangwana and Christine Browne-Nuñez

in The Amboseli Elephants

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780226542232
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226542263 | DOI:
The Human Context of the Amboseli Elephants

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This chapter presents the human context within which to understand the Amboseli elephants. It describes the people of Amboseli, the Maasai, focusing on aspects of Maasai history and culture that have contributed to the coexistence of the Maasai and wildlife. The chapter also describes the conservation and development initiatives that have defined the Maasai's use of the Amboseli ecosystem over time and have influenced Maasai attitudes toward wildlife and conservation. The challenges of conserving the Amboseli elephants within a landscape of changing land use and land tenure in the Amboseli ecosystem are discussed.

Keywords: Amboseli elephants; Maasai; wildlife; Amboseli ecosystem; conservation; land use

Chapter.  6665 words. 

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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