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The relative importance of large mammal species for tourism in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Marketing for tourism in Kenya mostly revolves around ‘‘the big five’’ charismatic large mammals. However, it is not known if these are in fact the species tourists seek and prefer to see, or what other species are important when the ‘‘big five’’ are absent. This study investigated the large mammal interests of tourists in Amboseli National Park. Tourist interests were determined by tracking tourist vehicles and observing for which animals they stopped, the duration of each stop, and which animals

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The ecology and changes of the Amboseli ecosystem: Recommendations for planning and conservation

This report is prepared for the Amboseli Task Force responsible for presenting an integrated landuse plan for the Amboseli ecosystem. The landuse plan aims at fostering sustainable development in south-eastern Kajiado while ensuring the conservation of wildlife in Amboseli National Park and the larger ecosystem. The Task Force, chaired by the Amboseli and Tsavo Group Ranch Conservation Association (ATGRCA), was convened in March 2004 by a workshop of some 70 landowners, community leaders, Kenya Wildlife Service, government agencies and non-government

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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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