A Transcolonial Network and the Formation of West African Zoology
The chapter examines the transcolonial networks of a Swiss zoologist, Johann Büttikofer. He was employed by the Royal Museum of Natural History in Leiden. Together with the Swiss hunter, Franz Xaver Stampfli, he participated in two zoological expeditions to Liberia in the 1870s and 1880s. The chapter analyzes the various forms and cultures of human-animal relations that developed in the West African contact zone during the expeditions when different social classes, ethnic groups and species met and interacted. The chapter argues that these exchanges in the contact zone shaped the research agendas in the scientific metropoles in Europe to a considerable degree.
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