G. L. Ranck 02 December 1961 - 23 June 1962 Libya journal

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The journal documents Gary L. Ranck's field work in Libya as part of the Smithsonian Institution African Mammal Project, December 2, 1961 - June 23, 1962. Pages are numbered (1 - 150). Entries are dated and describe travel details (campsites, arrangements, accommodations), descriptions of observed wildlife (herds, diet, noting concentrations and abundance), daily work and time of day, collecting methods (type and quantity), specimens collected (type and quantity including insects), terrain and vegetation, interactions with local inhabitants, local staffing, local events including 10th anniversary of Libyan "independence", weather (including discussions of the "ghibli") and temperature, visitors, work with military convoys and transport in area (British). Includes story about fatal injury of support staff and significant travel challenges due to strong winds (ghibli).

Date Range


Start Date

Dec 02, 1961

End Date

Jun 23, 1962

Access Information

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  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-444

Collection name

Division of Mammals, Smithsonian Institution African Mammal Project, 1961 - 1972

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Mammals