J. C. Geest 17 October 1966 - 11 August 1967 journal

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The journal documents J. C. Geest's field work in Nigeria as part of the Smithsonian Institution African Mammal Project, October 17, 1966 - August 11, 1967. Entries are dated and sometimes headed with locality (combination of town, district, country, distance from). Content describes travel details (times of day, routes), interactions with colleagues and local inhabitants, collecting methods (bait, type, quantity), specimens collected (type, quantity), terrain and soil composition, vegetation, temperature (maximum and minimum), relative humidity with time of day, weather, observations of wildlife (including birds), hunting at night, and sketch of burrow system and trap. Ends with a table for locations per date, listing temperature (minimum and maximum), relative humidity at 7am, and relative humidity at 7pm. Locations include regions: Eastern, Northern, Volta, Western of Nigeria.

Date Range


Start Date

Oct 17, 1966

End Date

Aug 11, 1967

Access Information

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  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Sketches

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