A SURVEY OF PAST AND PRESENT WILDLIFE RESEARCH IN EAST AFRICA

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  • *Survey carried out while the author was on assignment in East Africa as Wildlife Advisor to the United Nations Special Fund.

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Summary

The survey involved visits throughout East Africa to contact those concerned with wildlife research, as well as a review of the available literature. This paper presents the results of the survey.

Wildlife research in East Africa is not a unified field and pertinent data come from a variety of disciplines. Broadly speaking there are four major types of research involving wildlife that have been or are being carried out in East Africa:

1. Observations on natural history;

2. Taxonomic and distributional studies;

3. Research in other fields which happens to involve wildlife;

4. Systematic research focused on wildlife itself.

To facilitate the use of this report the information on research projects and research workers has been presented under a series of subject headings, as follows: background and early references (p. 62), techniques (p. 63), taxonomy and nomenclature (p. 66), distribution and habitat preferences (p. 67), studies on individual species of large herbivores (p. 67), studies of predators (p. 69), ecological studies, including those of groups of associated animals (p. 69), population dynamics (p. 70), carrying capacity and biomass (p. 71), movements (p. 71), nutrition (p. 72), anatomy and physiology (p. 73), diseases and parasites (p. 73), small mammals (p. 75), birds (p. 75), reptiles (p. 75), primates (p. 76), vermin (p. 76), co-ordination and publication of research (p. 76). Some studies of course appear under more than one heading. Within each heading the research is presented in chronological order. References, where available, are cited and the location of reports, files and sources of further information on each subject is noted.

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