THE FORGOTTEN SCIENTIST-LERATO TROK

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Saul Sithole started working at the museum in Pretoria on 11 November 1928. It is said that he started out as a cleaner. Saul proudly recalled helping to mount the elephant skeleton that has long been displayed at the entrance of the museum during his first year there. Sithole’s professional life became specialised around birds when he joined the Vernay-Lang Kalahari Expedition of 1930, a cooperative effort between the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Transvaal Museum. Saul Sithole was an ornithological assistant to Herbert Lang, a German-born mammologist, naturalist and photo-grapher, who had worked at the American Museum of Natural History and is best known as the leader of the 1909 to 1915 expedition to the Congo rainforest. During Lang’s next expedition to Angola, he remained in Africa and took up a position at the Transvaal Museum in 1927. Saul Sithole learned to skin birds from Herbert Lang. Even though there were other black ornithological assistants on the team, lead ornithologist Austin Roberts singled out Sithole’s excellent work when he wrote in his report:

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