From March 1940, Water Life was incorporated into the monthly Zoo and Animal Magazine. The publishers of the latter had a deal with the Zoological Society such that the magazine was ‘the official magazine of the Zoological Society of London’. I have a few copies from 1940 and 1941. Initially, the Water Life section had a few pages but this dwindled to two and finally to one, as paper restrictions became more stringent. Articles in March 1940 were written by Louis C. Mandeville, ‘Amphibius’ and Margery Elwin but it looks as if Margery Elwin pulled a few topics together for the later issues as space became tighter.
This is the first page of the Water Life Section
Marshall Press, the original publishers were reminding readers that they could still get their copies of Water Life bound, or buy a volume ready bound:
This is the last page of the Water Life section before it reappeared in 1946. In Britain, herpetology, both amateur and professional, was on hold while the physical sciences and technology were about to be the big thing for all schoolboys and for the hope of progress. I do not have copies from the early post-war years but when I do or can fit in a visit to the Zoo Library, this is the end of the present series of posts on Water Life magazine.