Carl Akeley, Conservation-Minded Leopard Killer

Featured above, Carl Akeley’s life is something from a Robert Louis Stevenson novel. A true survivor, neither the simultaneous charge of three rhinoceros into Akeley’s body nor an elephant’s stomping onto his chest cavity led Akeley to the pearly gates. Rather, it was his fascination with nature that led him to pioneer taxidermy as well as major facets of the conservation movement. Regarding the leopard, when attacked by his spotted foe Akeley punched it in the esophagus from the inside…and killed it.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.
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