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University of California Press
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This volume is the first scholarly book on the antelope that dominate the savanna ecosystems of eastern and southern Africa. It presents a synthesis of research conducted over a span of fifty years, mainly on the wildebeests in the Ngorongoro and Serengeti ecosystems, where eighty percent of the world's total wildebeest population lives. Wildebeest and other grazing mammals drive the ecology and evolution of the savanna ecosystem. Estes describes this process as well as detailing the wildebeest's life history, focusing on its social organization and unique reproductive system, which are adapted to the animal's epic annual migrations. He also examines conservation issues that affect wildebeest, including range-wide population declines.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Introduction: The Author’s Fifty-Year History of Wildebeest Research
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 1. Africa: The Real Home Where Antelopes Roam
  2. pp. 25-44
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  1. 2. African Savannas: Understanding the Tropical Climate, Vegetation, and the Gnu’s Ecological Niche
  2. pp. 45-64
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  1. 3. Introducing the Wildebeest’s Tribe: Similarities and Differences among the Four Genera and Seven Species
  2. pp. 65-84
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  1. 4. The Four Wildebeest Subspecies and the Status of Migratory Populations
  2. pp. 85-108
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  1. 5. Increase and Protection of the Serengeti Wildebeest Population
  2. pp. 109-122
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  1. 6. Serengeti Grasslands and the Wildebeest Migration
  2. pp. 123-142
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  1. 7. Social Organization: Comparison of Migratory and Resident Populations
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. 8. Male and Female Life Histories
  2. pp. 161-184
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  1. 9. Cooperation and Competition among Twenty-Seven Ungulates That Coexist with the Wildebeest
  2. pp. 185-212
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  1. 10. The Amazing Migration and Rut of the Serengeti Wildebeest
  2. pp. 213-238
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  1. 11. The Calving Season: Birth and Survival in Small Herds and on Calving Grounds
  2. pp. 239-262
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  1. 12. Serengeti Shall Not Die? Africa’s Most Iconic World Heritage Site under Siege
  2. pp. 263-316
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 317-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-351
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