Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919), also known as TR, and to the public (but never to friends and intimates) as Teddy, was the twenty-sixth President of the United States. In March 1909, shortly after the end of his presidency, Roosevelt left New York for a safari in east and central Africa.
Roosevelt's party hunted for specimens for the Smithsonian Institution and for the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The group was led by the legendary professional hunter R J Cuninghame and was joined from time to time by Frederick Selous. Among other items, Roosevelt brought with him four tons of salt for preserving animal hides, a lucky rabbit's foot, an elephant-rifle and the famous Pigskin Library, a collection of classics bound in pig leather and transported in a single reinforced trunk.
Roosevelt and his companions killed or trapped more than 11,397 animals, from insects and moles to hippopotamuses and elephants. These included 512 big game animals, including six white rhinos. The expedition consumed 262 of the animals. Tons of salted animals and their skins were shipped to Washington and it took years to mount them all.
A Book-Lover's Holidays In The Open by Theodore Roosevelt (1916). Stories of hunting cougar in the Grand Canyon, ranch life and travel in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Patagonia, hunting in South America and Africa, hunting moose in Quebec and chapters on native Americans. Free Ebook
In The Blood is a film by George Butler of two hunting safaris separated by eighty years. The first, taken by Theodore Roosevelt in 1909, is captured through vintage footage and photography. The second is taken by Roosevelt's grandson in 1986, as he shoulder's the famed president's rifle and, accompanied by his young son, follows in the footsteps of elephants and crocodiles. R L Wilson was involved in the filming of this documentary. DVD 90 mins.
The Works Of Theodore Roosevelt by Theodore Roosevelt (1882)
Hunting Trips Of A Ranchman by Theodore Roosevelt (1885) provides vivid portraits of the land as well as the people and animals that inhabited it, underscoring Roosevelt's abiding concerns as a naturalist. This book chronicles Roosevelt's adventures tracking a twelve-hundred-pound grizzly bear in the pine forests of the Bighorn Mountains. Kindle Version
Through The Brazilian Wilderness by Theodore Roosevelt (1914). At the age of fifty-five, Theodore Roosevelt took part in an expedition to the far reaches of the Amazon. This book is Roosevelt's journal during the expedition into the unknown in the name of science. Kindle Version
East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon by Theodore Roosevelt & Kermit Roosevelt (1926) is a very important Asian sheep hunting classic. Ovis poli, ibex, wapiti and bear hunting in the Tian Shen, Mountains of Ladakh. Free eBook
Theodore Roosevelt: Outdoorsman by R L Wilson (1971) is a fascinating biography written by one of America's foremost authorities on Winchester and Colt firearms. It covers not only Roosevelt's love of hunting and conservation but relates to the firearms he used and there is a particularly interesting section on the planning for his African trip and the American rifles he arranged for his great adventure.
Theodore Roosevelt: Hunter-Conservationist by R L Wilson (2010) is new from the Boone and Crockett Club and is a sweeping view of the outdoor life of the rancher, explorer, soldier, statesman, author, 26th President of the United States - and hero to hunters and conservationists. Kindle Version
Kermit Roosevelt (1889 - 1943) was the son of President Theodore Roosevelt. He was an explorer, author, soldier and accompanied his father on expeditions to Africa and the Amazon.
A Sentimental Safari by Kermit Roosevelt (1963) is the story of how three Roosevelts rediscovered their respective grandfathers. Kermit Roosevelt, son of Kermit and grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, retraced the trails of the great African hunt which his grandfather and his father had engaged in during ten eventful months, from April 1909 to February 1910. When his own two sons became old enough, he began to organize the hunt. Life magazine sent a photographer with them on the safari. Winchester Arms, which had supplied Theodore Roosevelt's famous "Medicine Gun for Lions", supplied a modern battery of rifles. So father and sons boned up on 'African Game Trails' and set out to retrace its steps. During their weeks in Africa, they rediscovered old trails and old companions of that earlier hunt.
The Happy Hunting Grounds by Kermit Roosevelt (1920). The author accompanied his father, Theodore Roosevelt, on both the African safari in 1909, and again in 1914 for the exploration of the River of Doubt (renamed Rio Roosevelt) in the Amazon of Brazil. A look back on his outdoor experiences both with and without his father. Chapters on hunting sheep in Sonora, Mexico and moose in New Brunswick. Free eBook Recent Addition
Cleared For Strange Ports by Kermit Roosevelt (1927) is a series of travel accounts by the Roosevelt clan, including a tiger hunting trip by Kermit, as well as his account of hunting in Korea, along the Trans-Siberian railway, as well as bear hunting on Montague Island, Alaska.