The Future of the Amboseli Elephants

Harvey Croze, Cynthia J. Moss and W. Keith Lindsay

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 Future of the Amboseli Elephants

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The future of the Amboseli elephants depends essentially on one thing: assured and secured access to the ecosystem. A protected area the size of Amboseli National Park clearly cannot sustain the current wildlife population permanently within its boundaries, particularly the migratory species. As in most wildlife-dominated ecosystems, sustainability is not entirely a biological problem; it depends on social and economic drivers, in the midst of which is the biggest “elephant in the room”: human population growth. Since it is beyond the scope of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, as well as apparently beyond the capacity of most governments, to do anything about these particular elephants, all that is possible is identify the threats and seek opportunities for mitigation. Thus, this chapter looks into current issues impacting future land use, land tenure, and livelihoods.

Keywords: Amboseli elephants; ecosystem; Amboseli National Park; wildlife population; land use; land tenure; livelihoods

Chapter.  6831 words. 

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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