Archives Puzzles: Bringing Up Bison

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Each Monday, sit back, relax, and ease into the work week with puzzles created from images in our collections that have been designated as open access. Anyone can now download, transform, share, and reuse these images as part of Smithsonian Open Access, launched in 2020.

During his time as the chief taxidermist of the Smithsonian’s United States National Museum, William Temple Hornaday transitioned from hunter to conservationist. On a collecting trip for the museum in 1886, Hornaday was stunned to discover how few American bison were left roaming the land in Montana. He acquired live specimens of bison for the Smithsonian, and resolved to dedicate the remainder of his career to generating interest in environmental conservation. Museum visitors loved Hornaday’s live American bison on display in the South Yard behind the Smithsonian Castle, and their popularity inspired Congress to establish the National Zoological Park in 1889. Hornaday was the Zoo’s first director. 

Kick off the week of Earth Day by completing a digital puzzle featuring one of the first American bison that lived at the National Zoological Park. 

The Original

An American bison pictured in a field with tall, thin trees in the background.    

The Puzzle

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