Prof. Elissa Cameron

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Zoology

The Journal of Zoology has a protracted historical past of publishing high-quality, authentic analysis on animals. The precise matter areas are broad, however all contain advancing our understanding of animals. To have fun these animals, our Digital Points ‘Species within the Highlight’ spotlight a number of the key analysis on completely different taxonomic teams which were printed within the Journal of Zoology, in addition to our predecessors Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London and Transactions of the Zoological Society of London. These collections permit us to have fun not solely the wealthy historical past of the journal, however to additionally study extra concerning the animals themselves. The main target of analysis modifications throughout time, however some themes re-emerge throughout completely different a long time, telling a narrative of the journey of discovery and the altering themes of analysis. We hope that the ‘Species within the Highlight’ can even be a chance to take pleasure in attending to know a wide range of species which have featured within the Journal of Zoology.

In celebration of World Lion Day, our inaugural ‘Species within the Highlight’ digital situation focuses on lions. The Journal of Zoology has printed many papers on lions or by which lions have a key position, together with from the very earliest days of Transactions of the Zoological Society of London and Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. The modifications in analysis themes through the years mirror the change in analysis focus within the journal extra broadly, from early descriptive pure historical past, by means of extra hypothesis-driven analysis to extra conservation-motivated work and multi-disciplinary approaches.

Paintings of a maneless male lion by Edward Lear printed in 1834 in ‘Some Account of the maneless Lion of Guzerat’ by Water Smee, one of many articles highlighted within the World Lion Day digital situation.

The collection of papers chosen listed below are solely a number of the analysis on lions within the Journal of Zoology, however they supply a microcosm of the analysis seen extra typically throughout time, and provide a superb alternative to have fun lions. We hope you benefit from the Journal of Zoology journey by means of a lion lens.