Primate and tiger cub photographed during the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937

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    Creator: Lucile and William Mann

    Local number: SIA2012-3233

    Summary: Photographs document Lucile and William Mann's participation in the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937.

    Dates: 1937

    Collection: RU 007293, William M. Mann and Lucile Quarry Mann Papers, circa 1885-1981, Box 23, Folder 1.

    Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives

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    1. sam2cents 30 months ago | reply

      I wonder what happened to those poor little ones or how they came to be in the possession of the expedition. Sadly I suspect the parents must have been shot, stuffed and mounted, these little ones taken back as trophies to some zoo... but if there's more to it I'd like to know. It's a sad photo as it stands.

    2. Smithsonian Institution 29 months ago | reply

      HI sam2cents,

      Thanks for your interest in this image. While that does seem like one plausible scenario, we actually don’t have a lot of documentation about these two young animals. The image comes from a photo album that was presented to William and Lucile Mann in honor of their time in the country. William Mann was the Director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Lucile Mann was a writer and editor who also helped care for some of the baby animals on the side. If you're interested, you can read more about her here - siarchives.si.edu/blog/life-wild-side-lucile-quarry-mann.

      Best,
      Effie, Smithsonian Institution Archives

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