Kingdom Under Glass
Jay Kirk recounts the life of taxidermist and conservationist Carl Akeley (1864-1926). At the end of the 19th century there was growing concern among many in the scientific community about the depletion of several species due to over-hunting. Still years from proper photographic equipment, Akeley and his ilk championed taxidermy in the hopes of preserving animals for future study. Mr. Kirk recalls Carl Akeley’s many hunting expeditions in Africa with the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and P.T. Barnum and his decision later in life to stop hunting and create sanctuaries for animals to live and be studied. Jay Kirk showed many pictures during his discussion of his book at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and responded to questions from members of the audience. close
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