Maasailand Ecology: Pastoralist Development and Wildlife Conservation in Ngorongoro, Tanzania - K. M. Homewood & W. A. RodgersCambridge, New York, Port Chester, Melbourne & Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 1991, Hardback.
Condition: Very Good. Previous owners' name to the head of the title page. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Graphs; Maps; Tables; References; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the heart of Maasai-land is one of the world’s most important conservation heritage areas. This book centres on a field study of the Ngorongoro Maasai and their herds, around which pre-sent knowledge of African rangeland, wildlife, livestock and pastoralist ecology is brought together and analysed. Management problems in Ngorongoro encapsulate many of the major debates in the ecology and conservation of African savannas. Ngorongoro grazing resources are crucial to the famous migratory wildlife of the Serengeti Ecological Unit. They also underpin the subsistence of 25 000 pastoralists. Conservationists have seen the Maasai as a threat to environment and wildlife, and some have sought their expulsion. The archaeology and history of the area demonstrate thousands of years of successful and sustainable pastoralist land use in Ngorongoro. The Maasai see themselves as having an important role to play in planning, policy and management: they currently have no active participation. Conservation workers and pastoralists all see wild and domestic ungulate populations as competing for limited grazing, among other resources. This book explores perceived problems, ecological facts and possible management solutions. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the authors argue a highly charged issue in terms of ecological fact and theory. This will be an essential book for all those interested in the interface between wildlife conservation and human land use, whether professional ecologists or biologists, conservationists or resource managers, development workers or rural planners, and more generally, all those concerned with the ecological facts behind environmental and development issues.”