Lutra 50(1)_Editorial_2007

50 Volumes of Lutra (1)

The Society for the Study and Conservation of Mammals (VZZ) was founded on February 15, 1952 and issued its first newsletter in the same year. Nineteen more newsletters (with consecutive page numbering) followed over the next seven years, the last two of these were called ‘Lutra’. The last was not exactly what the editor, dr. Arie Scheygrond, had in mind for the launching of a new scientific journal. But a long lasting illness prevented his involvement in these developments. After this misunderstanding, it was decided to combine all these newsletters to form volume 1 of Lutra. This first volume contained all 20 issues published between 1952 and 1959. In 1960, the first ‘real’ Lutra was published as volume 2, issue 1. This year Lutra is celebrating its 50th Volume, although it and its publisher, the Society for the Study and Conservation of Mammals, have existed for 55 years. Time for a retrospective. This editorial describes the history of the organisation and working process of Lutra. In the second issue of this volume, we will review developments in the papers contributed to Lutra.....