Governing the Game: Expertise, Administration, and the Making of Colonial Wildlife Policy in Uganda and Northern Rhodesia

  • Jeff Schauer
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


This chapter highlights the critical role of administration amidst the shift from imperial preservation to colonial conservation between the 1920s and 1950s. Uganda created an Elephant Control Department to integrate wildlife management with authorities’ emphasis on development and agriculture, breaking the hold of preservationists over policy as colonial wildlife officers leveraged new expertise and exported their model to Northern Rhodesia through surveys, demonstrating the importance of colonial networks and of the methods developed in colonial contexts. Not only were African subjects in Uganda and beyond crucial for enabling the work of wildlife departments during this period, they also experienced violence and dispossession from game departments, and used their relationship with the provincial and district administrations to constrain the ambitions of wildlife departments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeff Schauer
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  1. 1.University of NevadaLas VegasUSA

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