Mary's Animals: A Selection of Fauna from the Canadian Rocky Mountains



Mary's Animals

A Selection of Fauna from the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Part II 


Mary Schäffer Warren captured more than just the landscapes and botanical specimens of the Canadian Rockies in her images. She was also able to capture the life that lived and thrived in these mountains. The sheer diversity shown by Mary's photographs and lantern slides illustrates the ecological diversity of the Rocky Mountains. 

As previously stated in Part One, Mary's Flowers: A Selection of Flora from the Canadian Rocky Mountains, her attention to the detail of colour was accomplished through the laborious job of hand-colouring each picture and slide.  

We can imagine what it was like to be in her shoes, traversing through the Rocky Mountains and stumbling across a wide range of wildlife. Born and raised as an upper-class woman in Pennsylvania, she had a lot to experience and learn.

Want to find out more about Mary Schäffer Warren? You can pick up her book A Hunter of Peace, in our shop or online here: Whyte Museum Shop. 


Tell us which Rocky Mountain animal is your favourite in the comments!

Stay tuned for Part III of this series! 


[Fox carrying bird], 1895, 1910, [192-], Mary Schäffer fonds
(V527/PS/1/532)





Bull moose, Wainwright, 1895, 1910, [192-],
Mary Schäffer fonds (V527/PS/1/532)





Weasel, 1895, 1910, [192-], Mary Schäffer fonds (V527/PS/1/421)






[Baby owls], 1895, 1910, [192-], Mary Schäffer fonds
(v527/PS/1/428)






Banff [Buffalo in Animal Paddock, Banff], 1895, 1910, [192-], Mary Schäffer fonds
(V527/PS/1/508)





Rocky Mtn. [Mountain] sheep, 1895, 1910, [192-],
Mary Schäffer fonds (V527/PS/1/457)





[Bear], 1895, 1910, [192-], Mary Schäffer fonds (V527/PS/1/519)











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