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Explorations for science in South America

Identifier: Film Collection no. 104

Scope and Contents

Ross Allen, owner of the Ross Allen Reptile Farm in Silver Springs, Florida, discusses the role of adventurers and explorers in the cause of science. Allen collects and supplies animals to schools, zoos, and museums. Allen exhibits two deadly reptiles he captured and brought from Brazil, including a fer-delance, a large, extremely venomous pit viper. The poison apparatus of the snakes and a demonstration of "milking" them for venom informs the viewers about potential anti-venoms. The Count Leonardo Bonzi (an anthropologist who has photographed little-known regions in eastern Brazil, particularly the rites of the Macumba, i.e. Umbanda cultus) film Green Magic is also shown.


  • 1955


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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through inter-library loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired May 8, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Romine, host; Joseph Scibetta and Mel Ferber, directors; Robert Northshield, producer; Jac Venza and Shelby Gordon, assistant producers; Frank de Felitta, script editor; Richard McCracken, writer; Grover Cole, production designer; Ted Pearson and Ned Calmer, narrators; Carl Schutzman, technical director; Robert Hebbard, set director; Hal Anderson, light director.

Explorations for science in South America, 1955
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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