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Archives of the Nuffield Unit of Tropical Animal Ecology, 1959 - 1975

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/NUTAE

Scope and Contents

The archives document the establishment and operation of the Unit from the perspective of the Cambridge Directing Committee.


  • Creation: 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.

Date information

DateText: end date approximate.


Nuffield Unit of Tropical Animal Ecology

Finding aid date

2005-12-13 16:04:33+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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