The Bronx Zoo's African Plains exhibit opened on May 1, 1941. The first Sunday following the opening, 85,000 people turned out to see it—at the time, the largest single-day attendance since the Bronx Zoo's opening in 1899.
As WCS's Madeleine Thompson writes on our archives blog, New York Zoological Society President Fairfield Osborn described it at the time as "a new vista to the wonders of Nature."
Some CBS journalists got the closest view of that nature, as you can see in this footage.
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