Savannas of Our Birth: People, Wildlife, and Change in East Africa
Robin Reid (Author)
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This book tells the sweeping story of the role that East African savannas played in human evolution, how people, livestock, and wildlife interact in the region today, and how these relationships might shift as the climate warms, the world globalizes, and human populations grow. Our ancient human ancestors were nurtured by African savannas, which today support pastoral people and the last remnants of great Pleistocene herds of large mammals. Why has this wildlife thrived best where they live side-by-side with humans? Ecologist Robin S. Reid delves into the evidence to find that herding is often compatible with wildlife, and that pastoral land use sometimes enriches savanna landscapes and encourages biodiversity. Her balanced, scientific, and accessible examination of the current state of the relationships among the region's wildlife and people holds critical lessons for the future of conservation around the world. 9 b-w photographs, 16 line illustrations, 18 maps
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About the Author
Robin S. Reid is Director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation and Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resources Ecology Lab at Colorado State University.
- Contributor: Robin Reid
- Imprint: University of California Press
- ISBN13: 9780520273559
- Number of Pages: 416
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x36mm
- Packaged Weight: 726
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Release Date: 2012-09-07
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Robin S. Reid is Director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation and Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resources Ecology Lab at Colorado State University.
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