Richard Lydekker (1849 - 1915) was an English naturalist, geologist, author and sportsman. He was an associate of the taxidermist, Rowland Ward and it was he who spotted that J H Patterson's eland was a different subspecies when it was being mounted at Rowland Ward's studio. In 1874 he joined the Geological Survey of India and made studies of the vertebrate paleontology of northern India. Lydekker was also influential in the science of biogeography. In 1895 he delineated the biogeographical boundary through Indonesia, known as Lydekker's Line, that separates Wallacea on the west from Australia-New Guinea on the east. Lydekker worked for the British Museum of Natural History for over twenty years and remains to this day one of the great and most revered authorities on the wildlife and fauna of the world. He wrote many scientific articles and books but never neglected the sportsman interests in natural history.
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The Game Animals Of Africa by Richard Lydekker (1908) is an excellent work covering the natural history of both large and small African game animals. Later editions were revised by J G Dollman. Free eBook
The Game Animals Of India, Burma, Malaya And Tibet by Richard Lydekker (1907) is a very important reference work on all the game of Asia. Later editions were revised by J G Dollman. Free eBook
A Trip To Pilawin: The Deer-Park Of Count Joseph Potocki In Volhynia, Russia by Richard Lydekker (1908). Joseph Potocki was a Polish sportsman, big-game hunter, collector and Arabian horse breeder. He created a 12,000 hectare deer park known as Pilawin with it's own 88 mile railway service. Potocki kept game birds, elk herds, roebuck and wapiti along with both European and North American bison. In 1895 he took a hunting safari to Somaliland's Haud region and then into the Ogaden. Free eBook
Guide To The Great Game Animals (Ungulata) In The Department Of Zoology British Museum by Richard Lydekker (1907) includes illustrations and lists of horn, antlers and tusk measurements. Free eBook
Wild Life Of The World: A Descriptive Survey Of The Geographical Distribution Of Animals by Richard Lydekker (1907) Free eBook
The Deer Of All Lands: A History Of The Family Cervidae Living And Extinct by Richard Lydekker (1898) is one of the finest pictorial records of deer. Free eBook
Wild Oxen, Sheep & Goats Of All Lands, Living And Extinct by Richard Lydekker (1898) Free eBook