Dec
29

Today in Smithsonian History: December 29, 1904

Theodore Roosevelt dressed in expedition attire. In 1909 he led an expedition party for the Smithsonian to Africa. On this trip, Roosevelt collected natural history specimens for the United States National Museum (now National Museum of Natural History) and live animals for the National Zoological Park.

Theodore Roosevelt dressed in expedition attire. In 1909 he led an expedition party for the Smithsonian to Africa. On this trip, Roosevelt collected natural history specimens for the United States National Museum (now National Museum of Natural History) and live animals for the National Zoological Park.

December 29, 1904 President Theodore Roosevelt gives a sparrowhawk to the National Zoological Park. An inveterate hunter, naturalist and explorer, he began donating specimens to the Zoo as a young man.

Courtesy Smithsonian Institution Archives


Posted: 29 December 2016
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