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The game tally, itemized from hippo to bustard, that TR kept of his 1909 African expedition was, to say the least, extensive. Observes the Eyewitness to History site: Unfortunately for the animals, "collected" in those days was an euphemism for shot and killed. Between the two of them, Theodore and Kermit slew 512 beasts including 17 lion, 11 elephant and 20 rhinoceros. The animals were no doubt happy to see T.R. leave the plain. After the year-long hunt, Roosevelt proceeded to England for the funeral of King Edward VII and then on to Norway to accept the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in ending the Russo-Japanese War.
Of the 512 animals bagged on the African safari made under the auspices of the Smithsonian, TR kept two-dozen for himself, and gave the rest to the American Museum of Natural History in NYC (where a Memorial Hall and Rotunda are named for TR) and to the San Francisco Museum.
An animated cartoon of African animals high-tailing it up a tree at Roosevelt's approach is among the TR films at American Memory.
The foot of an elephant bagged by TR is used at a Washington house is used as an umbrella stand at a Washington house for retired diplomats. The furnishings at TR's Sagamore Hill include elephant's tusk chimes and elephant's foot gong.