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By Louise Chipley Slavicek

Ladies Explorers chronicles the lives of six intrepid girls whose starvation for experience and data forced them on paths of discovery world wide. Their discoveries not just introduced shops of data on themes starting from historical dinosaur fossils to lifestyles in Tibet, but in addition challenged the tested roles of ladies of their fields. The daughter of a prosperous planter, Alexander used her inheritance to fund study for her passion--the ordinary sciences. various dinosaur species were named in her honor, and her legacy keeps on the college of California at Berkeley's museum of paleontology, for which Alexander supplied cash and donated specimens.

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Hunting elephants for sport has been prohibited since 1977 in the former nation of British East Africa, which is Hunting for Fossils and Big Game and for trophies. Although she stalked and killed her prey with no apparent remorse, Annie prided herself on being a naturalist as well as a hunter and routinely noted the behavior and physical characteristics of the animals she pursued. Two creatures that Alexander shrank from hunting were monkeys and giraffes. 28 One widely sought-after big game trophy that eluded Annie and her father was the lion.

26 Annie and Samuel hunted gazelles, impalas, zebras, waterbucks, hartebeests, and ostriches with notable success for meat THE ALEXANDERS GO ELEPHANT HUNTING Shortly before the end of their safari, while visiting acquaintances in Kijabe, British East Africa, the Alexanders went elephant hunting with a “Mr. Stauffacher,” a local missionary. Stauffacher led Annie and Samuel into a dense forest where the trio soon spotted fresh elephant tracks. Minutes later, nine or ten elephants were charging straight at them.

Over the next few years, the two bought up more and more land in north-central Maui. To work their steadily expanding acreage, in common with the other haole (Caucasian) sugar barons on the archipelago, Alexander and Baldwin relied primarily on imported labor, particularly from Asia. Native Hawaiians, the haole landowners had discovered, were considerably less willing than the new immigrants to toil long hours for meager pay. Besides, by the late 1800s, the islands’ native population had been severely depleted by smallpox, measles, and other viruses introduced to the once isolated archipelago by foreign sailors and missionaries.

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