In 1909, National Geographic ran a story about former American president Teddy Roosevelt’s upcoming expedition to East Africa. The author described the “glorious sights” awaiting Roosevelt, including “herds of zebras, in the thousands, in this zoological garden turned loose.” The article was partly illustrated by photos from Carl Akeley, a taxidermist who trekked through Africa to photograph--or hunt and stuff--game for display in American museums. Roosevelt and his son killed 505 big game animals on this safari. Years later, Akeley went on to persuade the government of the Congo to protect mountain gorillas by establishing the first wildlife sanctuary in Africa in 1925. He died in the Congo a year later.
This image was originally published in National Geographic magazine, April 2016