Nature enthusiast Cornelius Crane (1905-1962) had been planning a personal holiday in the tropics, but opted instead to finance and organize a zoological expedition for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He led a team of explorers into the rainforests of Central America in late 1928, to return ten months later with a wealth of information about the incredible species native to the region. The expedition’s official photographer, Sidney Nichols Shurcliff, captured images of many animals that had never before been photographed!
We created a slideshow featuring some of these hand-colored lantern slides, and added some fun facts about each of the creatures. It’s heartening to know that you can still see them in the wild today, nearly a century later, thanks to conservation efforts in Panama that protect their natural habitats.