Episode 204: Little Prisoner

Photo of Delia Akeley while on safari, with JT perched on her shoulder.
Photo from “Adventures in the African Jungle”

Delia Akeley, commonly know by her nickname Mickie, was an american explorer who often traveled with her husband, Carl Akeley. Her adventures in the African Savannah, interaction with indigenous tribes and treatment of the local wildlife reflect many imperialistic and western ideologies. By looking at theses values and Mickie’s journey though Africa we can see how they shaped her response to environmental change and crisis related to the conservation movement.

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works cited

Akeley, Carl Ethan, and Mary L. Jobe Akeley. Adventures in the African Jungle. New York: Dodd, Mead &, 1946.

Olds, Elizabeth Fagg. Women of the Four Winds. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Akeley, Delia J. “J. T., Jr”; the Biography of an African Monkey. New York: Macmillan, 1937.

Kirk, Jay. Kingdom under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Mans Quest to Preserve the Worlds Great Animals. New York: Picador, 2011.

Poliquin, Rachel. Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing. State College: Penn State University Press, 2012.

Akeley, Delia J. Jungle Portraits. New York: Macmillan Company, 1933.

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acknowledgements

We would like to thank the University of Rochester’s Rare Book’s and Special Collection’s staff, Michelle Ficalora, as well as the Hear UR podcast team for their assistance with research and contributions to the episode.

The coordinating producers for this season of HearUR are Maya Lippard and Liam Gousios. The executive producers are Thomas Fleischman and Stephen Roessner.
Our theme music is by Joshua Copperman.

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