“He will probably be set down as one of the most famous lovers of all natural things,” wrote Russell Owen of Carl Akeley in 1936.
In this photo, exhibition staff apply finishing touches to the mountain gorilla diorama in the Museum’s Akeley Hall of African Mammals. Explorer, naturalist, artist, and taxidermist Carl Akeley, who designed this iconic hall, first encountered the mountain gorilla in 1921. Returning to Africa for additional research in 1926, Akeley died near this site and was buried on the side of Mount Mikeno, which is depicted in the background painting.
Today’s peek into the archives comes from the New York Times’ The Lively Morgue.