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    West African Ornithological Society


    Chris Merkord
    • Translated Name
      Société d'Ornithologie de l'Ouest Africain
    • Acronym
      WAOS
    • Website
    • Geographic Scope
      International
    • Biogeographical Realm
      , Afrotropic,
    • Country
      , Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo, The Democratic Republic of The, Côte D'ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Western Sahara,
    • Status
      Active
    • Year Established
      1979
    • Succeeded By

    The West African Ornithological Society grew out of the Nigerian Ornithologists’ Society, which was founded in February 1964 by John H. Elgood, Professor of Zoology at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) (died in 1998 — obituary in Malimbus 21: 74–75, 127–128) and Robert E. Sharland. Its object is to promote scientific interest in the birds of West Africa and to further the region’s ornithology, mainly by means of its journal Malimbus (formerly the Bulletin of the Nigerian Ornithologists’ Society). This journal is biannual and bilingual, a unique feature in Africa.

     

    West Africa, for the purposes of the Society, had boundaries undetermined at first, but was eventually defined as comprising 28 countries.


    • Serials linking to this organization: Malimbus
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