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People, Wildlife and Livestock in the Mara Ecosystem: the Mara Count 2002

The great savannas of eastern Africa — cradle of humankind, home to traditional nomadic pastoralists, and last refuge of some of the most spectacular wildlife populations on earth — are in trouble.  Notwithstanding 20 years of highly committed wildlife conservation, much of the wildlife in several regions of Kenya and Uganda (and to a lesser extent, Tanzania) has disappeared in just the last 20 years.  The Mara part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is of particular concern because nearly 70% of

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Cryptic Consumers and the Ecology of an African Savanna

East African savannas have fascinated generations of explorers, scientists, and the public. Nowhere else is there such a concentration and diversity of large, charismatic animals, and nowhere else is ecology portrayed so dramatically. Spectacular migrations of a million wildebeest tracking the rains dominate the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem of Tanzania and Kenya. Lions and hyenas pursue gazelle, zebra, and buffalo in a conspicuous contest between predator and prey. And giraffe and elephants shape the landscape by browsing and trampling savanna trees. The

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