Pathways of Continuity and Change: Maasai Livelihoods in Amboseli, Kajiado District, Kenya

  • S. B. BurnSilver
Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 5)

5.1 Introduction

The Greater Amboseli Ecosystem (GAE) extends ˜8,400 km 2 north, east and west from the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, and includes the Amboseli basin, swamp wetlands along the base of the mountain, and neighbouring rangelands which act as seasonal dispersal areas for resident herbivore populations (Western, 1973) . The ecological centre of this system is Amboseli National Park (NP); however, land use centers on the distinctive combination of transhumant pastoralism and wildlife habitat that has typically characterized a majority of East Africa's rangelands. Wildlife corridors, particularly for the area's substantial elephant populations, cross the Kenya–Tanzania border and link Amboseli ecologically with the Longido region to the south. This ecosystem is unique in many ways. It is a cultural and economic core area for Maasai pastoralism in southern Kenya, and the landscape was traditionally characterized by both high wildlife diversity and abundance (Western, 2001) . The...


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  • S. B. BurnSilver
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  1. 1.Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory Department of AnthropologyColorado State UniversityFort Collins

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