Views from Above: Light Airplanes and Wildlife Research and Management in the Serengeti during the 1950s and 1960s

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Abstract

Long-term evaluations of population numbers and the movement of migrating herds are regarded as essential to devising effective conservation
strategies. Since the late 1950s, observation from the air has played an important role in monitoring migration in large protected areas with
difficult terrain, such as the Serengeti National Park. The introduction of light airplanes, such as Cessnas and Piper Super Cubs, into zoological
fieldwork supported new ideas about land use by colonial game wardens and visiting researchers that dominated until the introduction of cheap
cameras and, later, remote sensing by satellite.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArcadia: Online explorations in Environmental History
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

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