Wildebeest Model

  • Matthias Ruth
  • Bruce Hannon
Part of the Modeling Dynamic Systems book series (MDS)


The wildebeest model is developed for a wildlife park on an African grassland. Wildebeest are eaten by lions and are shot by park rangers attempting to manage the ecosystem. The data on the number of lions in the park is thought to be between 400 and 600. We choose 500 for the initial runs of the model. The rate at which wildebeest are killed by the lions varies between 4.5 and 3.8 wildebeest per lion in the first 6 years of the data (Fig. 29.1)


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  1. 1.
    See A.M. Starfield, and A.L. Bleloch, Building Models for Conservation and Wildlife, New York: MacMillan, 1986, Chap. 2.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Ruth
    • 1
  • Bruce Hannon
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and the Department of GeographyBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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