Pachyderms and Parks: Ecological Politics and East Africa’s National Parks

  • Jeff Schauer
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


This chapter takes up the contested role of ecological sciences and study units during the long process of decolonization in East Africa. Comparing the Nuffield Unit of Tropical Animal Ecology (Uganda), the Tsavo Project (Kenya), and the Serengeti Research Institute (SRI) (Tanzania), it demonstrates how international scientists’ efforts to draw generalizable conclusions from their study of national parks, and to introduce what they regarded as apolitical scientific rigor to park management, collided with international public opinion, older forms of administration, and the priorities of new governments. Ecological units and their science were sites for the contestation of power and influence, but also varied in their relation to administrators and national governments, particularly as they grappled with the problems of managing herbivore populations in national parks.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeff Schauer
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  1. 1.University of NevadaLas VegasUSA

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