Processes of fragmentation in the Amboseli ecosystem, Southern Kajiado District, Kenya

Shauna B. BurnSilver, Jeffrey Worden, Randall B. Boone

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45 Scopus citations


The Amboseli ecosystem is known worldwide as one of Kenya's conservation jewels, and is recognized as a landscape where humans, livestock, and wildlife have co-existed for centuries. However, there is a long-term shift underway, pushed by a transition in human land-use from extensive pastoralism by Maasai to intensive pastoralism carried out within legally-prescribed private parcels of land. In the face of this transition, the region's wildlife populations and its system of seasonal livestock and wildlife movements appear increasingly fragile, and Maasai pastoralists themselves are facing significant challenges to their economic and cultural well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFragmentation in Semi-Arid and Arid Landscapes
Subtitle of host publicationConsequences for Human and Natural Systems
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781402049064
ISBN (Print)9781402049057
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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