Skip to main content

Rodney Elliott Files


Scope and Contents

Elliott, a retired British military officer, became a Game Control Officer in 1948 and a Game Warden in 1950 (dates approximate). From 1955 to 1971 he was Game Warden Maralal. Like Parker, he returned to military service during the Mau Mau Uprising. Elliott was controversial politically in Kenya because of his fervent anti-poaching stance. After retiring in the 1970s he was hired by Court Parfet to manage the Solio Wildlife Sanctuary. In 1978, Parfet encouraged President Daniel arap Moi to appoint Elliott as Superintendent in the Kenya Police Reserve to investigate corruption of the game wardens and the Wildlife Conservation and Management Department. According to Parker, Elliott ended his investigation prematurely when he realized the extent of corruption throughout the government. Their friendship going back to when they were colonial Game Wardens, Elliott and Parker had pooled their politically dangerous information on corruption for some years before Elliott's death in 2005, when Parker received his files from the estate.

Elliott's files date primarily from 1955-1994, although there are materials dating as recently as 2005. Many of the files pertain to Elliott's work at the Solio Sanctuary in the 1970s and 1980s, including correspondence, data, notes, and patrol reports. Other files from this same time period cover his investigations into corruption in Kenya. Also included are Elliott's diaries and his personal correspondence, which includes letters to and from George and Joy Adamson. Photos found with these files have been separated and stored in the Photographs and Audiovisual group.


  • 1896-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1956-2004

Language of Materials

From the Collection:



The collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 35.75 Linear feet (62 boxes)


Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America