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The Biology of African Savannahs


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Savannah habitats comprise an ecologically important but ultimately fragile ecosystem. They constitute one of the largest biomes on Earth, covering about twenty percent of the land surface, and can be simply described as tropical and subtropical grasslands with scattered bushes and trees. Most savannahs occur in Africa (with a smaller amount in South America, India and Australia), which is the region that this book concentrates on. Savannahs form a rich mosaic of diverse ecosystems, and The Biology of African Savannahs offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to their ecology. It describes the major plants (grasses, and trees such as Acacia) and animals (mainly large mammals) that live in this habitat, and examines the biological and ecological factors that influence their population size, interactions (such as predation) and community composition. Conservation issues such as climate change, hunting, and conflict between wildlife and domestic animals are also discussed.

This accessible text is suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in savannah and tropical ecology as part of a wider ecology and/or conservation biology degree program. It will also be of relevance and use to the many professional ecologists and conservation practitioners requiring a concise but authoritative overview of the topic.

Book News Annotation:

Concentrating on large mammal ecology, behavior, and conservation, Shorrocks (environmental science honorary, U. of York and emeritus U. of Leeds) introduces African savannahs and their biology. He covers savannahs worldwide (except Georgia) and in Africa, vegetation, animals, single-species populations, species interactions, and the community and its conservation. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Bryan Shorrocks is an Honorary Professor in the Environment Department, University of York. Before his association with York he was Professor of Population Ecology at the University of Leeds. For many years he was senior editor of the Journal of Animal Ecology and is presently one of the panel of referees for the African Journal of Ecology. He has twice been a member of the Council of the British Ecological Society, and has been on research committees for NERC (TLS, and Large Scale Ecological Processes in Ecology), and AFRC (Plants and Environment, and Global Environment Change). Presently he gives scientific advice to the Namibian Cheetah Project, is UK representative for the East African Wildlife Society (and is a Trustee of the East African Wildlife Trust. He carries most of his East African Research at the Mpala Research Centre, in Laikipia, central Kenya.

Table of Contents

1. Savannahs

2. The Vegetation

3. The Animals

4. Single Species Populations

5. Species Interactions

6. The Savannah Community and its Conservation

Product Details

Shorrocks, Bryan
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Bryan
Life Sciences - Ecology
Savanna ecology.
Life Sciences - Biological Diversity
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Savanna ecology -- Africa.
Savannas -- Africa.
Environmental Studies-General
Biology of Habitats
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Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
169 (162 line and 7 half tone)
6.100 x 9.100 in 1.075 lb

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History and Social Science » Economics » General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Biological Diversity
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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