Archives of the Nuffield Unit of Tropical Animal Ecology, 1959 - 1975
Scope and Contents
The archives document the establishment and operation of the Unit from the perspective of the Cambridge Directing Committee.
- 1959 - 1975
Conditions Governing Access
This material is closed to scholars for 80 years from the date of creation under data protection legislation. Restrictions are clearly indicated in catalogue entries.
Biographical / Historical
This conservation unit was established in 1961at Mweya in Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda, as a result of negotiations between the Uganda National Parks, the Zoological Society of London, the Nuffield Foundation and University of Cambridge. It was the first wildlife research station to be established in Africa. The foundation provided a grant of £85,000 over a period of 10 years for buildings, equipment and research staff, later augmented to cover rising costs. The grant was administered by the University and the Directing Committee was based in the Department of Zoology. In 1972 the Unit was transferred to the Uganda Institute of Ecology. The Unit's research programme examined factors affecting ecosystem balance. Among completed studies were analyses of the effects of over-cropping by large mammals, including hippopotamus, elephant, buffalo and waterbuck. In 1965 the Unit also investigated elephant cropping in Murchison Falls Park. For further background information, see L.C. Beadle 'The Nuffield Unit of Tropical Animal Ecology' in J.Zool.Lond. (1974) 173, 539-548.
2 linear metre(s) : paper
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The material was transferred to the University Archives by Dr S.K. Eltringham, Department of Zoology, in 1999.
The online catalogue was completed in December 2005 and emended in December 2011.
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