At the Bronx Zoo the approach of Spring brings warmer weather, and thus increasing crowds enjoying the park. As the season progresses the Horticulture, Maintenance, and Operations Departments, as well as various others, all find themselves increasingly busy with the work of keeping the Zoo presentable. A century ago these departments’ predecessors also joined the fight to maintain the grounds. During the early 20th Century, however, Director William Hornaday, treating the efforts to keep the Zoo clean like one of his conservationcampaigns, gave what he called ‘The Rubbish War’ a hyperbolic air not seen in today’s spring cleanings.
This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating Grace Davall, who began her career in a secretarial role at the Bronx Zoo in 1923, at the age of 18, and rose through the ranks to become Assistant Curator of Mammals and Birds in 1952. Upon her retirement in 1970 until her death in 1985, she was designated Curator Emeritus. Continue reading →