The Zoologist was a monthly natural history magazine established in 1843 by Edward Newman and published in London. Newman acted as editor-in-chief until his death in 1876, when he was succeeded by James Edmund Harting (1876–1896) and William Lucas Distant (1897–1916).
Originating from an enlargement of The Entomologist, The Zoologist contained long articles, short notes, comments on current events, and book reviews covering the entire Animal Kingdom throughout the world, until The Entomologist was separated again in 1864. Initially, half of the space was devoted to birds, rising to two-thirds later.
Due to a shortage of subscribers it was amalgamated with British Birds in 1916.
The Zoologist appeared in four series:
- First series: 1843 – 1865 ( vol. 1 – 23)
- Second series: 1866 – 1876 (vol. 1 – 10)
- Third series: 1877 – 1896 (vol. 1 – 20)
- Fourth series: 1897 – 1916 (vol. 1 – 20)
The first editor of The Zoologist was Edward Newman. He died in 1876. Volume 11 of the second series, the thirty-fourth volume of the journal, was the last volume with which he was connected.
The third series, starting in 1877 and ending in 1896, was edited by James Edmund Harting.
William Lucas Distant was the editor of the fourth series, from 1878 to 1914 (vol. 18).
The last two volumes of the fourth series, and of the journal, were edited by Frank Finn.
- In memory of "The Zoologist" - W.R.P. Bourne, British Birds, volume 88, p.1-4
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