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The Smithsonian-Chrysler African Expedition, financed with a gift from Walter P. Chrystler, the automobile manufacturer, went to the Tanganyika Territory, East Africa, to collect animals for the National Zoological Park. The expedition is lead by William Mann, director of the NZP. The expedition obtains more than 1,200 animals, the largest single collection of animals ever imported for the NZP. These acquisitions increase the Zoo collection by 50 percent.


  • Chrysler, Walter P
  • Mann, William M. 1886-1960
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian-Chrysler Expedition to East Africa (1926)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 79.
  • Mergen, Alexa. From Bison to Biopark: 100 Years of the National Zoo. Washington, D.C.: Friends of the National Zoo, 1989.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1926. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1927, p. 6, 29-30, 106-107.

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