S. Keith Eltringham

S. Keith Eltringham

After national service with the Royal Air Force, S. Keith Eltringham worked as a laboratory assistant in the research section of the National Smelting Company, Avonmouth, before going to university to read Zoology. He studied the physiological ecology of the gribble, a marine wood-boring crustacean, for his Ph.D. but his first post was a Pilot Biologist at the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge, where he explored the role of aerial survey in counting wildfowl. This was followed by a period as Lecturer in Zoology at King's College, University of London, where he taught marine biology as well as introducing a course in conservation. He first went to Africa in 1966 and later became Director of the Nuffield Unit of Tropical Animal Ecology, based in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. When the Nuffield grant expired, the Unit was passed to the Ugandan Government as the Unganda Institute of Ecology and he became its first Director as well as Chief Research Officer of the Uganda National Parks. He returned to England to take up a lectureship in Applied Biology at Cambridge University and, later, a lectureship in Zoology, but he returned to Africa several times a year to continue his researches on large mammals. He was also a Fellow and Admissions Tutor at Wolfson College. During this period he was Chairman of the Hippo Specialist Group within the Species Survival Commission of IUCN. He is now retired but continues to visit Africa regularly.

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University of Cambridge, U.K.

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