This paper historically situates conservation as a phenomenon, drawing
out its cultural particularity by placing it alongside Jamaican Maroon
environmental philosophies. Conservationists tend to care for non-human
life anonymously, in the abstract, and seldom for particular beings.
Maroons tend to exercise care toward intimately known non-human
others, revealing the potential harm anonymous care can enact when
exercised in places like Jamaica’s Maroon towns. However, emergent