President Eisenhower seen in a just-released 1960 film of his meeting with a white tiger on the White House driveway. / Smithsonian Archives
Too cold to visit the zoo? The Smithsonian Institution Archives has unveiled a collection of historical records and films from its scholarly records that includes trips to the zoo and field notes from notable naturalists.
Highlights include the 1960 presentation of a white tiger from South Africa to President Eisenhower, captured on film. The visit starts from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and ends up in the White House driveway. The records are being released in digital form for scholars and history buffs by the archives.
"Seeing Eisenhower just walking around amid the excitement of this visit is quite a treat," says Effie Kapsalis of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. "We're hoping to release a lot more records from scientists that we have like this, looking ahead."
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