Abraham Bartlett

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Abraham Bartlett
Abraham  Bartlett

Personal details
Country United Kingdom

Title superintendent 1860-1897
Location at London Zoo in United Kingdom

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Biography details

Abraham Bartlett , zoo superintendent in United Kingdom

Born 1812-10-27 dead 1897-05-27 .

Abraham Dee Bartlett (27 October 1812 – 7 May 1897) was a British taxidermist and an expert on captive animals.

A superintendent of the London Zoo, he was a prominent observer of animal life and a zoologist who became a popular authority on wildlife. Bartlett brought the London Zoo into prominence and was associated with many naturalists including Charles Darwin.

In 1882, Bartlett became quite unpopular after deciding to sell the popular African elephant Jumbo to P. T. Barnum for £ 2000. A case was made against the sale, but the courts ruled against any interference.

Bartlett died in the zoo premises on 7 May 1897, after suffering from an illness, and was buried on the west side of Highgate Cemetery.

His son, Clarence, who had been assistant superintendent at the zoo, took his position as superintendent.

Another son, Edward Bartlett, also became a taxidermist who collected specimens in Peru and became a curator at the Maidstone Museum and the Raja Brooke's museum, in Sarawak.

Several writings by Bartlett were published after his death in two books, Wild Animals in Captivity (1898) and Life among Wild Beasts in the Zoo (1900).


Total: 1 children

  1. Clarence Bartlett. Born: 1848-09. Dead: † 1903

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). superintendent Abraham Bartlett in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=526. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Fighting Nature: Travelling Menageries, Animal Acts and War Shows, 2016, by Peta Tait

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