Savannas of Our Birth: People, Wildlife, and Change in East Africa (Hardcover)

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Savannas of Our Birth: People, Wildlife, and Change in East Africa (Hardcover)

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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 peoples 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.

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.

Product Details ISBN: 9780520273559
ISBN-10: 0520273559
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2012
Pages: 416
Language: English
"A tremendous amount of personal experience and research has gone into this book..."
— Ian Martin

"Refreshing -- perhaps even inspiring . . . Reid's inclusive analysis is one of the most comprehensive and well-balanced examinations of human-environment interactions in African savanna ecosystems . . . an exceptional project."
— Eric J. Lovell and Mara J. Goldman