Theodore Roosevelt was interested in hunting and the study of animals from a young age. As President he protected 230 million acres of public land, creating national forests, bird reservations, game preserves, national parks, and national monuments.
Privately printed broadside by Theodore Roosevelt and Harvard classmate Henry Davis Minot cataloging birds in the Adirondacks of Franklin County. At the time of publication, Roosevelt and Minot were freshmen at Harvard College. The survey was "written in the mountains," especially in the St. Regis Lakes area, based on observations from August 1874, August 1875, June 22, 1877, and July 9, 1877. The document identifies 97 species of which 15 were observed by Roosevelt alone. It details birds by common name, Latin name, and frequency seen.
Privately printed broadside by Theodore Roosevelt cataloging birds local to Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY. "Notes on some of the birds of Oyster Bay, Long Island" was published in limited quantity in March 1879, when Roosevelt was a junior at Harvard College. Seventeen birds are listed with their Latin names, initials for the ornithologist who observed the bird, notes about when the bird was observed and, in some cases, additional notes about characteristics and/or predators of the birds. Common names for the birds are written in pencil in the margin.
From 1909-1910, Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit participated in an African safari sponsored by the Smithsonian. The purpose of the safari was to collect specimens for scientific study and display in American museums. Roosevelt was able to keep several personal trophies for himself, such as this cape buffalo. He said that the cape buffalo was one of the fiercest animals he ever faced.
Theodore Roosevelt's taxidermist, James L. Clark, fashioned a pair of elephant tusks into a dinner chime for the Roosevelt family. The elephant tusks came from an elephant that TR hunted in Kenya during his African safari in September of 1909. Clark was also a taxidermist for the American Museum of Natural History and had a prominent taxidermy studio in New York City.