Tenley Friends Author Talk: Kara Arundel

Tenley-Friendship Library

Tenley Friends Author Talk: Kara Arundel

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 7 p.m.

Join author Kara Arundel for a talk on Raising America’s Zoo: How Two Wild Gorillas Helped Transform The National Zoo.

In 1955, a young former Marine ventured to the Belgian Congo on a month-long adventure safari to view Africa's diverse wildlife. When Arthur "Nick" Arundel boarded a commercial airliner for home, he carried a baby gorilla in each arm. Their destination was the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., known as "America's Zoo." The wild apes arrived at an antiquated zoo, which fought for decades to showcase gorillas, but knew little about how to raise them. Their journey from Africa to America was the beginning of dramatic changes for the gorillas Nikumba and Moka and for the zoo that would evolve from a menagerie-type park to an internationally respected center focused on conservation of both captive and wild species.