Longest Resident at Zoo Dies

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Summary

The National Zoological Park's longest tenured resident, "Pigface" a Nile soft-shelled turtle, died on October 21, 1993. He was aquired by former director William Mann on a research expedition to Liberia, and arrived at the Zoo in 1940. The turtle was one of the few inhabitants of the Reptile House to play with an object. He had a basketball he pushed through the water by bumping it with his nose.

Subject

  • Mann, William M. 1886-1960
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) Reptile House

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-015, Box 2, "The Torch," January 1994, p. 2.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

October 21, 1993

Topic

  • Animals
  • Turtles

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