Lists of place names by Park (list of boxes below, in this order):
In each location work may have been performed by different groups (some are named on the data sheets) such as: Nuffield Unit of Tropical Animal Ecology.
Word lists are not comprehensive, but intended as helpful guides to interpretation & spelling.
North Bank Victoria Nile (MFP-N)
South Bank Victoria Nile (MFP-S)
Bugungu Gate/Town/Game Reserve
Karuma Falls/Game Reserve
(South) Pare Mountains
Mtito Andei Gates
1. Under “Data Collection” (left margin)
2. Go to “Add/Edit Records”
3. Underneath the top box and the “Add New Record” button is “Data Search.”
4. First it asks for you to “Choose a Field to Search.”
5. You can search for things like transcriber_name or animal_id variable, and underneath that you can then type what you are searching for in that field.
Important issues raised in training and competency testing.
|The symbol indicating a male organism is Mars (♂)|
|The symbol for a female organism is Venus (♀)|
|The (tusk) circumference may be indicated by a circle with a center point:|
|The lowercase Greek letter alpha (α is elongated on sheets, indicating proportionality)|
|Numbers in parentheses indicate an estimated value||(9999)|
Online unit conversion calculators are provided for your convenience, along with aids for converting fractions to decimals. Take care and follow individual calculator instruction! Also, be aware of the issue of significant figures when making unit conversions.
Please let us know if you have a favorite tool of this type that we should add.
The REDCap software alerts transcribers when certain variables entered are above expected values. Maximum values are based on game records and other sources (generally far above actual expectations practice). The system will allow entry after the warning.
Ward, Rowland. 1903. Records of big game; African and Asiatic sections giving the distribution, characteristics, dimentions, weights and horn and tusk measurements. 4th ed. London: Rowland Ward and Company, Limited. [Source provides a guide to expected maximum ranges for some of the Elephant Data sheet measurements.]
Ward's "book on Records of Big Game is considered the main source for information on record sizes of game animals from around the world" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowland_Ward).
African Elephant: selected record measurements (see pp. 454-460; units converted for data sheet project purposes).
Total length 282"
Tail length 50"
Shoulder height 126"
Height at withers 123"
Half girth 99" (calc. from full)
Tusk length (outside curve) 113"
Tusk weight 83,500 g
Circumference of forefoot 61"
Weight at birth 96,600 g (629 days gestation period)
"Jumbo" (an African Bush Elephant born in Ethiopia and sold to P.T. Barnum in 1882) weighed 6.5 tons (the UK or "long ton" is 2,240 lbs., so 14,560 lbs.) or 6,600,000 g.
Please note that the transcription project has been completed. We will upload the data files in www.ufdc.ufl.edu during Summer Semester 2014.
Variations in the original data sheet instrument are indicated here. Note: each link brings up the first example in a series of data sheets with a given variation (unless noted otherwise below). A total of 8 versions of the data collection instrument are noted. However, not all differ in content (slight changes in form), and we won't transcribe each version (some represent one or a small number of cases). Note that some individual sheets do have handwritten changes. Work was performed by different groups (some of which are named on the data sheets), such as: Nuffield Unit of Tropical Animal Ecology, Wildlife Services Ltd., and Wildlife Services Uganda.
1. Elephant ID no. 1 (Box 1 MFP-N, ID no. 1 is a unique handwritten case with no form.
2. Elephant ID nos. 2-17 (Box 1 MFP-N, ID nos 2-17. Instrument is up to 2 pages: these are a) recto; see online page nos. 2, 4, 6-10). Also note two cases in Variant 2 with a second b) verso scan (see online pages nos. 3, 5).
5. Elephant ID nos. 1141-2000 (Box 2 MFNP). Variant numbers 4 & 5 differ only in format, not content.
6. Elephant ID nos. FD 1 - FD 269 (Budongo Forest).
7. Elephant ID nos. 1-300A (Tsavo).
8. Elephant ID nos. MK 1 - MK 606 (Mkomasi).
Ian Parker was born in 1936 in Malawi (then Nyasaland). He moved to Kenya with his family during the Second World War. Parker attended Cheltenham College (England), returning to Kenya in 1953. He worked as a laborer on a dairy farm, enlisted with the Kenya Regiment, and subsequently held several colonial administrative positions in rural Kenya.
In 1956 Parker became a Game Warden with the Game Department in Kenya. Early in his career, Parker explains, he “broke ranks and advocated allowing Africans to hunt rather than treating them as poachers.” This approach led to the creation of the Galana Game Management Scheme in 1960, arguably the earliest and largest community conservation project in Africa.
Parker resigned from the Game Department in 1964 and started Wildlife Services, Ltd. with his partners. Theirs was the first wildlife research and management consultancy in East Africa. Parker had frequent contact with East African government conservation departments through his role in the company. While working in many areas relating to wildlife, Wildlife Services became best known internationally for undertaking a series of large scale elephant culling operations from 1965 to 1969 in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. This was the first time such work was attempted. The data collected were used to produce many scientific publications.
After closing Wildlife Services, Ltd. in 1976, Parker continued his work as an independent consultant and advocate of wildlife product monetization practices that support conservation and economically benefit African communities. He represented several ivory trader associations’ proposals regarding the international trade to the third and fourth Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) biennial conferences. With over 50 years working in wildlife conservation, management, and development, Ian Parker retired in 2011, moving from Nairobi to Australia with his wife.