oa South African Journal of Science - François Levaillant: Explorer and biologist - The first safari: Searching for François Levaillant, Ian Glenn

Volume 116 Number 1-2
  • ISSN : 0038-2353
  • E-ISSN: 1996-7489



Reputed to be the most famous ornithologist of the 1700s, François Levaillant (1753–1828) made a large contribution to the study of avifauna in South Africa. Levaillant’s name is frequently repeated in any African bird list, not only because he discovered ‘new’ species, but also because he carefully noted his observations on a wide range of birds and other animals.

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