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Why Did Leopards Kill Humans in Mumbai but not in Nairobi? Wildlife Management in and Around Urban National Parks

Abstract : Why did leopards kill humans in Mumbai but not in Nairobi? Our initial hypothesis was that a different form of park management, more in harmony with that of the city, might explain the absence of leopard attacks on humans in Nairobi. We speculated that the actors in the two spheres coordinate their efforts to ensure better oversight of wildlife. This hypothesis was not confirmed. Instead, we see the importance of factors such as predation by leopards on populations of domestic dogs, the landscape configurations of the interfaces between park and city, and the diversity of representations of nature or social disparities, which generate differing vulnerabilities. This leads to a two-level conclusion regarding the role of the national trajectories in these countries of the Global South in respect of environmental concerns and their contribution to the new ways of understanding our relation to nature.
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Frédéric Landy, Estienne Rodary, Bernard Calas. Why Did Leopards Kill Humans in Mumbai but not in Nairobi? Wildlife Management in and Around Urban National Parks. Frédéric Landy. From Urban National Parks to Natured Cities in the Global South: The Quest for Naturbanity, Springer Singapour, pp.157-179, 2018, 978-981-10-8461-4. ⟨10.1007/978-981-10-8462-1_7⟩. ⟨hal-02111965⟩

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