Fénykövi Elephant Unveiled in NHB

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Summary

A male African bush elephant, a gift from Josef J.Fénykövi, Hungarian-born engineer and big game hunter, and prepared by the museum's taxidermy staff, is unveiled in the place of honor in the center rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History. At the time of its unveiling, it is the largest land mammal on display in a museum. Fénykövi tracked down and shot the elephant in the Cuando River region of southeastern Angola on November 13, 1955.

Subject

  • Fénykövi, Josef J
  • Fénykövi Elephant
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1959, p. 46.

Contact information

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

Date

March 6, 1959

Topic

  • Taxidermy
  • Animals
  • Natural History
  • Exhibitions
  • Mammals
  • Elephants
  • Natural history

Place

Angola

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