The National Zoological Park

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Covers the early National Zoological Park collections used by the taxidermists for study, early years under William Temple Hornaday, attempts to bring the issues of conservation and preservation of species before legislators, choice of Rock Creek as a site for the park, bill passed establishing the park, design of the park and advice given by Frederick Law Olmsted, effect of politics on the growth of the collections, popular interest, and hopes for the future, including the establishment of laboratory facilities.


  • Hornaday, William Temple 1854-1937
  • Olmsted, Frederick Law 1822-1903
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States Congress


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Written by Frank Baker, the second director of the National Zoological Park.

Contained within

The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of its First Half Century (Book)

Contact information

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




  • Taxidermy
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Landscape architecture
  • Law
  • Zoos
  • Endangered ecosystems
  • Environmental policy
  • Taxidermists
  • Exhibitions
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Ecology
  • National Collections
  • Endangered species
  • Environmental protection
  • Legislation
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)--Early History


  • Rock Creek Park (Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)

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