Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Adam Scott Kennedy may be the best birding book available covering the general safari region for northwestern Tanzania and southern Kenya. Filled with firsthand accounts, excellent photographs, and broken down into chapters by habitats, Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the guidebook for the broader non-scientific community.
Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area is designed for the traveler. The book is lightweight with each page filled with pictures and brief scientific explanations for each animal.
Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area has 480 photographs of 270 species. Images emphasize variation in plumage, sex, and age. Photos show each bird within the context of the surrounding flora they inhabit. Descriptions of each bird highlight where they are found – in marshlands, villages, etc. – while the descriptions do not use unnecessary ornithological techno-jargon. The result makes Birds of the Serengeti is an enjoyable read.
Following up on the publication of their Animals of the Masai Mara and Birds of the Masai Mara, and published in conjunction with their Animals of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area , it is best to consider reading the Birds of the Serengeti within the context of the three other books. This is because the authors have spent their careers leading birding and animal photographic tours throughout the world with a long-term focus on the safari regions of Tanzania and Kenya. Their books encourage amateur birders and photographers to go big.
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Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Adam Scott Kennedy and Vicki Kennedy
Gabriel Thoumi is a frequent contributor to Mongabay.com. He is an Affiliated Researcher at the Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech.
(02/19/2014) Animals of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Adam Scott Kennedy and Vicki Kennedy is an easy-to-use guidebook that is also very readable. The region covered by the book is the Greater Serengeti area bounded in the west by Lake Victoria and the east by Lake Manyara in Tanzania, and in the north by southern Kenya.
(05/22/2013) Famed anthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey has proposed a possible solution to the hugely controversial Serengeti road: build an elevated highway. Leakey made the remarks during a conference at Rutgers University on May 14th, as reported by Live Science. The Tanzanian government’s plans to build a road through the remote, northern Serengeti has come under both environmental and international criticism, as scientific studies and leaked government reports have found the proposed road would hugely hamper the world famous migration across the plans.
(12/10/2012) Illegal hunting in Tanzania’s Greater Serengeti Ecosystem (GSE) remains a prevalent activity for local people, despite government regulation and grassroots movements to prevent it. A new paper from mongabay.com’s open-access Tropical Conversation Science examines the factors that drive poachers to continue their activities, despite the high costs involved. By interviewing citizens involved with illegal hunting in the Western part of the Serengeti, they were able to identify key risks that are faced by the hunters as well as the perceived gains of a successful hunt.