Vernay-Lang Kalahari Expedition (1930)

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1929 - 1930

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To collect large mammals, birds and other biological specimens

Arthur S. Vernay led an extensive expedition in Angola and the Kalahari with 30 individuals. The group crossed the Kalahari, proceed to Ngamiland and then to Livingstone, over a period of three months and a half of travel. The expedition started from Gaberones on March 17, 1929, and the work was not completed until the summer of 1930. This project as a joint expedition for the Field Museum of Natural History, the British Museum of Natural History, and the American Museum of Natural History. The expedition collected specimens including the following species, blesbok, black wildebeeste, red hartebeeste, gemsbok, lechwe, springbok, steinbok, and sassaby, while among the mammals taken for the study series are such species as giraffe, Burchell's zebra, eland, sable, etc. In addition smaller mammals, birds, fishes, insects, and specimens of lower invertebrates. Natural History, Nov.-Dec., 1930 pp.662-663

Personnel: Vernay, Arthur S., leader; Lang, Herbert, sci.; Boulton, Rudyerd, sci

Department: Dept. of Mammalogy

Sponsors: Sponsored by Vernay, Arthur S. in conjunction with the Field Museum; British Museum; and Transvaal Museum

Sources: AMNH Annual Report No. 62, 1930, p. 25; Natural History magazine, XXX, 1, Jan.-Feb., 1930, p. 105-106; XXX, 3, May-June, 1930, p. 326; July-Aug., p. 439.XXX, 6, Nov.-Dec., 1930, p. 662-663; XXXI, 2, March-April, 1931, pp. 169-182


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