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The Extermination Of The American Bison


Author : William Temple Hornaday
language : en
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
Release Date : 1887


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The Extermination Of The American Bison


Author : William Temple Hornaday
language : en
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Scholarly Press
Release Date : 2002


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When William Temple Hornaday wrote this text for the Smithsonian Institution in 1889, the thirty million buffalo that had once roamed North America had been reduced to a few hundred. Alarmed by this decimation, Hornaday a hunter, zoologist, writer, and the Smithsonian's chief taxidermist set out for Montana to collect specimens for preservation at the Smithsonian. One of the main results of his trip was The Extermination of the American Bison, a timely recounting of the history and destruction of the buffalo, and a landmark work in early conservation advocacy. Hornaday paints a vivid portrait of the buffalo's natural history, describing its distribution, habits, character, and "mental capacity," as well as the history of recorded encounters with buffalo since the sixteenth century. He then provides a haunting account of the animals' slaughter, lamenting the horrific destruction of almost the entire species. His final section describes the planning, construction, and reception of the Buffalo Group, his innovative museum display of six taxidermied buffalo that was intended to serve as both a scientific record of and a national monument to a nearly lost species. Hanna Rose Shell's insightful introduction emphasizes how Hornaday's appeal for wildlife conservation continues to resonate today. It also provides a unique window into a forgotten network of taxidermists, hunters, and animal preservationists that shaped contemporary conservation movements.

The Extermination Of The American Bison


Author : William Temple Hornaday
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1889


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The Extermination Of The American Bison


Author : William Temple Hornaday
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1887


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Extermination Of The American Bison


Author : William Hornaday
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 2017-09-05


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"Doctor Hornaday would have made a great Noah. The two men have much in common. And Doctor Hornaday is almost as well known." -The World's Work William Temple Hornaday (1854 - 1937) was an American zoologist, conservationist, taxidermist, and author. He served as the first director of the New York Zoological Park, known today as the Bronx Zoo, and he was a pioneer in the early wildlife conservation movement in the United States. In his position at the museum, Hornaday was tasked with inventorying the museum's specimen collection of American Buffalo, which was meager. He then undertook a census of bison by "writing to ranchers, hunters, army officers, and zookeepers across the American West and in Canada."[1] Based on firsthand accounts, Hornaday estimated that as recently as 1867 there were approximately 15 million wild bison in the American West. Through his census, he ascertained that those numbers had rapidly depleted. In a letter written to his superior at the Smithsonian, George Brown Goode, Hornaday reported that, "in the United States the extermination of all the large herds of buffalo is already an accomplished fact." In 1886 Hornaday went out west, to the Musselshell River region of Montana, where the last surviving herds of wild American buffalo lived. He was tasked with collecting specimens from the region for the United States National Museum collections, so that future generations would know what the buffalo looked like, after their expected extinction. Hornaday's work documenting the extinction of bison led to his publication in 1889 of "Extinction of the American Bison" in the Report of theNational Museum.

American Bison


Author : Dale F. Lott
language : en
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date : 2002


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A behavioral ecologist details the history of the American bison, covering such topics as bison physiology, conservation efforts, and the relationship of bison to neighbors including badgers, wolves, prairie dogs, and coyotes.

The Extermination Of The American Bison Scholar S Choice Edition


Author : William Temple Hornaday
language : en
Publisher: Scholar's Choice
Release Date : 2015-02-17


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