Savannas Of Our Birth

Author: Robin Spencer Reid
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520273559
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"Ultimately, we can all trace our origins back to the savannas of Africa. Robin Reid's book provides an eloquent introduction into the biology of the savannas that shaped us as humans; simultaneously, she provides an insightful and comprehensive overview of current and future threats to East African savannas and the steps that need to be taken to conserve the world we first lived in. Don't go to East Africa without first reading this book; it will enhance your safari and empower your research."Andrew P. Dobson, author of "Conservation and Biodiversity " ""Savannas of Our Birth" provides a balanced, scientific, and accessible examination of the current state of East African savannas and the relationships among the wildlife and people who live there. Reid examines how savannas came to be and what alternative futures may be possible by trying to chart a middle ground in contentious debates about conservation and local rights."J. Terrence McCabe, author of "Cattle Bring Us to Our Enemies: Turkana Ecology, History, and Raiding in a Disequilibrium System" "Reid's research focusing on pastoralists has reminded me that wildlife and domestic livestock co-existed to their mutual benefit for the last 2000 years. With reopened eyes, I've even seen it for myself in the case of the Masai and the savanna wildlife I study. There is an extraordinary wealth of information in this book."Richard D. Estes, author of "The Behavior Guide to African Mammals""


Author: Peter A. Furley
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198717229
Size: 18.51 MB
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Savannas form one of the largest and most important of the world's ecological zones. Covering one fifth of the Earth's land surface, they are home to some of the world's most iconic animals and form an extremely important global resource for plants and wildlife. However, increasing recognition of their land potential means that they are extremely vulnerable to accelerating pressures on usable land. This Very Short Introduction considers savannas as landscapes. Discussing their origin, topography, and global distribution, Peter A. Furley explores the dynamic nature of savannas and illustrates how they have shaped human evolution and movements. He goes on to discuss the unrelenting pressures that confront conservation and management and considers the future for savannas. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Facing The Lion

Author: Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426306679
Size: 21.39 MB
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Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American kids a firsthand look at growing up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads whose livelihood centers on the raising and grazing of cattle. Readers share Lekuton's first encounter with a lion, the epitome of bravery in the warrior tradition. They follow his mischievous antics as a young Maasai cattle herder, coming-of-age initiation, boarding school escapades, soccer success, and journey to America for college. Lekuton's riveting text combines exotic details of nomadic life with the universal experience and emotions of a growing boy.

African Silences

Author: Peter Matthiessen
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679731024
Size: 74.61 MB
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Examines the harsh political and economic realities that are ravaging Africa and its inhabitants, offering studies of the rare animals faced with extinction and the individuals working to preserve wild Africa

Portraits In The Wild

Author: Cynthia Moss
Size: 52.85 MB
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Synthesizes the results of some of the more recent systematic observations and studies of the behavior of fifteen major East African species, including the elephant, giraffe, black rhinoceros, zebra, wildebeest, lion, and spotted hyena

The Dry Forests And Woodlands Of Africa

Author: Emmanuel N. Chidumayo
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136531378
Size: 54.53 MB
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The dry forests and woodlands of Sub-Saharan Africa are major ecosystems, with a broad range of strong economic and cultural incentives for keeping them intact. However, few people are aware of their importance, compared to tropical rainforests, despite them being home to more than half of the continent's population. This unique book brings together scientific knowledge on this topic from East, West, and Southern Africa and describes the relationships between forests, woodlands, people and their livelihoods. Dry forest is defined as vegetation dominated by woody plants, primarily trees, the canopy of which covers more than 10 per cent of the ground surface, occurring in climates with a dry season of three months or more. This broad definition - wider than those used by many authors - incorporates vegetation types commonly termed woodland, shrubland, thicket, savanna, wooded grassland, as well as dry forest in its strict sense. The book provides a comparative analysis of management experiences from the different geographic regions, emphasizing the need to balance the utilization of dry forests and woodland products between current and future human needs. Further, the book explores the techniques and strategies that can be deployed to improve the management of African dry forests and woodlands for the benefit of all, but more importantly, the communities that live off these vegetation formations. Thus, the book lays a foundation for improving the management of dry forests and woodlands for the wide range of products and services they provide.

The Photo Ark

Author: Joel Sartore
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426217773
Size: 40.94 MB
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Representing National Geographic's Photo Ark -- a major cross-platform initiative and lifelong project by a veteran photographer to make portraits of the world's animals, especially those that are endangered-- this showcase of 400 photos presents a thought-provoking argument for saving all the species of our planet.

The Origin Of Humankind

Author: Richard Leakey
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0786725222
Size: 66.25 MB
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“The name Leakey is synonymous with the study of human origins,” wrote The New York Times. The renowned family of paleontologists—Louis Leakey, Mary Leakey, and their son Richard Leakey—has vastly expanded our understanding of human evolution. The Origin of Humankind is Richard Leakey’s personal view of the development of Homo Sapiens. At the heart of his new picture of evolution is the introduction of a heretical notion: once the first apes walked upright, the evolution of modern humans became possible and perhaps inevitable. From this one evolutionary step comes all the other evolutionary refinements and distinctions that set the human race apart from the apes. In fascinating sections on how and why modern humans developed a social organization, culture, and personal behavior, Leakey has much of interest to say about the development of art, language, and human consciousness.

Walking With Abel

Author: Anna Badkhen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1594632480
Size: 39.16 MB
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In Walking With Abel, journalist Anna Badkhen joins a family of Fulani cowboys as they embark on their annual migration across the Savannah. Although their present is increasingly under threat from Islamic militants, climate change and urbanization, the Fulani are no strangers to uncertainty - brilliantly resourceful and resilient, they've contended with famines, droughts and wars for centuries. Dubbed 'Anna Ba' by the nomads, who embrace her as one of theirs, Badkhen narrates the Fulani's journeys with compassion and keen observation.

The Tree Where Man Was Born

Author: Peter Matthiessen
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0143106244
Size: 34.92 MB
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From the daily lives of wild herdsmen and the drama of predator kills to the field biologists investigating Africa's wild creatures and the anthropologists seeking humanity's origins in the rift valley, this National Book Award finalist is a classic of journalistic observation.