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The Black Volta Project Print E-mail

extract from: BLACK VOLTA REPORT 1997.


The Black Volta Project
University of Aberdeen
Expedition to the Black Volta 1997
Ghana Wildlife Department
Cape Coast University
Final Report

Edited by aniel Bennett & Brian Basuglo
University Of Aberdeen
Black Volta Expedition 1997
Final Report

With contributions from:
  • Francis Adie
  • Francis Kwaku Agbo
  • Stanley Aglah
  • Mildred Amofa
  • Harwell Asorwoe
  • Brian Basuglo
  • Daniel Bennett
  • Emmanuel Danquah
  • Sammy Appiagyei Danquah
  • Murray Doyle
  • Malcolm Goth
  • Nicky Green
  • Marjo Helle
  • Moses Komoah
  • Solomon Yaw Manu
  • James Agyei Ohemena
  • Greg O’Neill
  • Vinciane Sacre

Edited by:
Department of Zoology, University of Aberdeen, AB24 2TZ, Scotland.
Ghana Wildlife Department Box M.239, Ministries, Accra, Ghana

The rights of Francis Adie, Francis Agbo, Stanley Aglah, Mildred Amofa, Harwell Asorwoe, Brian Basuglo, Daniel Bennett, Emmanuel Danquah, Sammy Danquah, Murray Doyle, Malcolm Goth, Nicky Green, Marjo Helle, Moses Komoah, Solomon Yaw Manu, Greg O’Neill, James Ohemena and Vinciane Sacre to be identified as the authors of this work has been asserted by them in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998.

A CIP record for this publication is available from the British Library.

© "University of Aberdeen Black Volta Expedition 1997" 1998

Published on the Internet with the kind permission of Viper Press. All rights reserved.
ISBN 0 9526632 3
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This work should be cited as:
D. Bennett and B. Basuglo. 1998. Final Report of the Aberdeen University
Black Volta Expedition 1997. Viper Press, Aberdeen, Scotland



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