Photo: A lion guards
the courtyard of Adolphus Busch Hall. The statue is a replica of
Braunschweiger Löwe, or Brunswick lion, a cast of the 12th-century
bronze from Germany.
Photos by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerAnimal explorers traversing the Harvard campus will encounter curious
squirrels in the Yard, flocks of wild turkeys near the residences, and
red-tailed hawks hopping from tower to tower.
More exotic creatures lurk everywhere. On building facades, gates,
and shields, a closer look reveals a host of nature’s and mythic beasts,
from lions to boars, from eagles to owls, a famous pair of rhinos, and
even a Pegasus and a unicorn.
Most gather close to the Charles River, their source of water, along
the perimeter gates, or surround the Bio Labs, near the scientists who
study them. The Yard is largely unpopulated, save for the humans guarded
under John Harvard’s close watch.
For the New England area, the variety of species is astounding. An
inventory reveals such unusual stock as a jaguar, tapir, pelican,
iguana, and a giant anteater.
Explore the campus wildlife, where animals are etched and cast in stone, brick, and metal.