In honor of#HispanicHeritageMonth, we want to acknowledge the lasting contributions George Wright made to Yosemite and the entire National Park Service. Follow this thread to learn more.
George Wright worked as an assistant naturalist here in the 1920s where he became concerned with wildlife issues in the park. He funded a groundbreaking survey of wildlife & plant conditions in national parks and became the first chief of the Wildlife Division of the NPS.
Wright was able to interview Totuya (Maria Lebrado), the granddaughter of Chief Tenaya and the last known survivor of the expulsion of the Ahwahneechee from Yosemite Valley in 1851. Speaking Spanish, Wright helped interpret her story when she returned in Yosemite in 1929.