In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s dynamic ecosystems provide habitats for an astounding diversity of flora and fauna including the “Big Five” – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. The region is home to pastoralist tribal communities such as the Maasai.
Kenya’s rich biodiversity is under threat from habitat fragmentation, human development, shifting human demographics, land-use changes, and natural resource availability. Our research here focuses on wildlife and the human dimension of conservation, land use changes, and ecotourism outside of protected areas. As we examine the impacts of various threats, we explore conservation approaches to resource management that will benefit humans and wildlife alike.