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Kingdom Under Glass

The extraordinary adventures of Carl Akeley and his quest to preserve Africa’s great beasts

In the early twentieth century, during an age of safaris and exploration, Carl Akeley set out to study Africa’s great animal species. His desire to preserve these amazing species for those who might never see them in the wild is adamantly portrayed in Jay Kirk’s most recent work, Kingdom Under Glass.

See also: A look at aging through animals.

Kirk follows the adventures of the artistic genius, who not only revolutionized taxidermy, but also fought wild animals with his bare hands. If you’re not familiar with Akeley’s name, it’s almost impossible for you to be unfamiliar with his work, since he changed the way museums displayed animals by creating life like dioramas; such as the ones viewed by millions at New York's Museum of Natural History.


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