The Gnu's world: Serengeti wildebeest ecology and life history.

The Gnu's world: Serengeti wildebeest ecology and life history. Richard D. Estes.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014. Octavo, paperback, black and white photographs, maps.

The first scholarly book on the antelope that dominate the savannah ecosystems of eastern and southern Africa. This book 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 is found. Wildebeest and other grazing mammals are an integral part of the ecology and evolution of the savannah ecosystem. Estes explores 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.

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