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Major Stanley Smyth Flower OBE ,FLS, FZS (1871-1946)

Discussion in 'Zoo History' started by zoowhosewho, 30 Dec 2019.

  1. zoowhosewho

    zoowhosewho Well-Known Member

    22 Mar 2019

    Major Flower as well as being a Zoologist and Conservationist was an English Army Officer and Science advisor ... Born in London and passed away in Tring Hertfordshire ... His father was the Director of the Natural History Museum ...Stanley was interested in Zoology from an early age and indeed from the age of 11 attended Zoological Society of London meetings .. He served in the British Army in India and Egypt ... In 1896 he became Science Advisor to the Royal Museum in Siam (now Thailand) A snake was named after him Typhlops Floweri ... In 1898 the government of Egypt appointed him Director of the Zoological Gardens in Giza ... In 1914 he was recalled to the British Army and served in Egypt and was head of the Egyptian Camel Transport Corps ... After the 1st World War there was the Egyptian Revolution in 1919 against British Rule ... As Stanley was able to keep control of Giza he was awarded an OBE

    By April 1924 he was in bad health he resigned his position as Director of Giza Zoological Gardens and returned to England (Tring) and studied at the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum ... He visited and wrote about many Zoos and Animals ... He was Vice President of the ZSL between 1927 and 1929 and was the Chairman of the British Ornithologists club from 1930 to 1933 ....

    He passed away in Tring in 1946 ... He wrote several books most famously perhaps List of the vertebrated animals exhibited in the gardens of the Zoological Society of London, 1828–1927 and Zoological Gardens of the World 1914
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  2. Tim May

    Tim May Well-Known Member Premium Member

    16 Nov 2008
    London, England
    It should be noted that the book List of the Vertebrated Animals Exhibited in the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London 1828 – 1927: Centenary Edition (1929) was a three volume work and Major S. S. Flower was not the sole author. He wrote the first volume on mammals and the reptile section of the third volume. The full list of authors is:-
    Vol 1 Mammals (by S. S. Flower)
    Vol 2 Birds (by G. Carmichael Low)
    Vol 3 Reptiles (by S. S. Flower); Amphibians (by Malcolm A. Smith); Fishes (by E.G. Boulenger).

    Flower wrote many interesting articles but of special note were a series of papers on the longevity of vertebrates that were published in the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. He contributed two papers on the longevity of fish, two on amphibians, two on reptiles, two on birds, one on mammals and another paper devoted to the longevity of elephants (the latter being published posthumously).
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  3. Paradoxurus

    Paradoxurus Well-Known Member

    7 Oct 2007
    Somewhere in my collection I have some original letters penned by Flower concerning staffing at the Giza Zoo. I will dig them out and post them...
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