The Untold Story
In the 1920s, Iowa City businessman Harry Bremer, visiting South Africa, bought two lion cubs for the Iowa City Zoo. The pair briefly lived in an eastside carriage house before taking up residence in the long-since closed City Park Zoo. The male, Harry, died in July 1931 at just 2 ½ years old; the female, Josephine, remained at the zoo until her death in February 1939.
The lions were reunited at the Museum of Natural History, where director and exhibit specialist Homer Dill mounted the specimens as visitors see them today—but without a complete diorama. Our lioness and lion have always been among the most popular animals in the museum’s Mammal Hall, but their display has no painted background or vegetation, and no informational text either about lions or about these lions’ journey to the museum.
You Can Help!
After more than 80 years, you can help give Harry and Josephine a proper habitat. Your support will fund all aspects of an appropriate exhibition from start to finish, including research, design, fabrication, and installation. This is your chance to help build a new exhibit—from the savanna up! Give now, and help us spread the word about our campaign by sharing our page on social media. Thank you!
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