Rhinoceros Arrives at NZP

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Summary

A young African rhinoceros, received in exchange from the Hagenbeck Brothers, arrives at the National Zoological Park on August 2, 1923. The Rhinoceros is "about 1 year old, weighs 290 pounds, and appears to be in perfect condition." The only other rhinoceros ever exhibited in the Park was a specimen of one of the Asiatic species which was deposited by Adam Forepaugh 30 years ago and remained on exhibition there for about 2 years. The African rhinoceros was an important accession because there was only one other African rhinoceros in America in 1923, although four specimens of the Indian rhinoceros were living in the country.

Subject

National Zoological Park (U.S.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 298, Box 1, "Local Notes," 8/16/1923, p. 4.

Contact information

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

Date

August 2, 1923

Topic

  • Accessions
  • Rhinoceroses

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