Circulating Wildlife: Capturing the Complexity of Wildlife Movements in the Tarangire Ecosystem in Northern Tanzania from a Mixed Method, Multiply Situated Perspective

  • Mara J. Goldman


While wildlife conservation practices have been exposed as being inherently political, the science behind wildlife monitoring is often less explored. In this chapter I expose the politics associated with wildlife monitoring by addressing the methodological challenges involved in counting and tracking migratory wildlife—from scientific and Maasai perspectives. I focus on an area in northern Tanzania where wildlife do not abide by conservation boundaries and share the landscape with people and livestock, challenging any ontological divide of nature from society. I contrast how local Maasai know wildlife in this space with different scientific approaches. The chapter highlights the benefits of a Critical Physical Geography approach that recognizes multiple ways of knowing ‘nature’, through ecological and ethnographic methods that are always informed by political-ethical concerns.


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  • Mara J. Goldman
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of Colorado-BoulderBoulderUSA

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