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Paul Belloni Du Chaillu


French explorer. Undertook an exploring expedition to Central Africa, 1856–60. Collected rare birds and animals, bringing to America the first gorillas seen there. His controversial account of the journey, Explorations and adventures in equatorial Africa (1861), was greeted with scepticism; however, later travellers confirmed many of his findings. Revisited Africa, 1863–5. Resided in New York, 1867–71. After 1871, studied Scandinavia and Russia.




DAB: Dictionary of American biography. Under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. 20 vols., index, and 10 supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons; Simon & Schuster Macmillan. London: Oxford University Press; Humphrey Milford. 1928–95.