Bill for Zoo Introduced in Senate

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Senator James B. Beck, Democrat from Kentucky, introduces a bill for the establishment of a zoological park in the District of Columbia "for the advancement of science and the recreation of the public." On June 4 the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds and failed to pass.


  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States Congress


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Mergen, Alexa. From Bison to Biopark: 100 Years of the National Zoo. Washington, D.C.: Friends of the National Zoo, 1989.

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April 23, 1888


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