The most defiant devil : William Temple Hornaday and his controversial crusade to save American wildlife / Gregory J. Dehler.

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  • ISBN: 9780813934105 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0813934109 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: viii, 254 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2013.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Iowa farm boy -- Collecting hunter and naturalist -- Stuffed and living animals -- Director of the Bronx Zoo -- Campfires and conservation -- Our vanishing wildlife -- The great war -- Fighting the establishment -- Fighting to the end.
Summary, etc.: Dehler explores the life of Hornaday the hunter, museum builder, zoologist, author, conservationist, and anti-Bolshevist crusader. A deeply religious man, he was nonetheless anything but peaceful and was racist even by his era’s standards, going so far as to display an Mbuti pygmy as a "living specimen" in a zoo. A passionate hunter, Hornaday killed thousands of animals, including some of the last wild buffalo in America, but he was far ahead of his time in his influential views on the protection of wildlife. Hornaday designed and built the New York Zoological Park (which became the Bronx Zoo) and was chief taxidermist for what would later become the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. In this single, fascinating individual, we can discern some of the Progressive Era's most destructive forces and some of its most enlightened visions.-- Publisher description.
Subject: Hornaday, William T. (William Temple), 1854-1937.
Naturalists > United States > Biography.
Zoologists > United States > Biography.
Wildlife conservationists > United States > Biography.