The Gnu's World: Serengeti Wildebeest Ecology and Life History

The Gnu's World: Serengeti Wildebeest Ecology and Life History

by Richard D. Estes

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ISBN-13: 9780520958197
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/12/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 29 MB
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About the Author

Richard D. Estes is a behavioral ecologist and chairman emeritus of the Antelope Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  He is a research associate of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and an associate of the Harvard Museum of Natural History. His books include the successful Behavior Guide to African Mammals (UC Press) and The Safari Companion. Estes chose the Serengeti white-bearded wildebeest as the subject of his doctoral dissertation while living in Ngorongoro Crater from 1963–1965. He continues to study antelope and associated mammals in the Ngorongoro and Serengeti ecosystems and is considered the world’s authority on wildebeest behavior.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Author’s Fifty-Year History of Wildebeest Research

1. Africa: The Real Home Where Antelopes Roam
2. African Savannas: Understanding the Tropical Climate, Vegetation, and the Gnu’s Ecological Niche
3. Introducing the Wildebeest’s Tribe: Similarities and Differences among the Four Genera and Seven Species
4. The Four Wildebeest Subspecies and the Status of Migratory Populations
5. Increase and Protection of the Serengeti Wildebeest Population
6. Serengeti Grasslands and the Wildebeest Migration
7. Social Organization: Comparison of Migratory and Resident Populations
8. Male and Female Life Histories
9. Cooperation and Competition among Twenty-Seven Ungulates That Coexist with the Wildebeest
10. The Amazing Migration and Rut of the Serengeti Wildebeest
11. The Calving Season: Birth and Survival on Calving Grounds and in Small Herds
12. Serengeti Shall Not Die? Africa’s Most Iconic World Heritage Site under Siege


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