A mountain lion for your Monday
Why Moose Fight
In collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, PBS presents a new show: Diorama. It does pretty much what it says on the tin, which is to say museum dioramas come to life and are explained by experts!
Yesssss! This is basically what is happening in my brain, and I suspect many others’ brains, when I walk through a museum. Looks like this series is basically Night At The Museum, only with far less Ben Stiller and much more science.
Anyway, moose mating sounds like something I would not want to get in the middle of. Thanks to this video, I will never unhear the female moose moan. But wow is it interesting.
Ever wonder why moose fight? Get the story behind the scene.
Image: PBS Digital Studios
Spotted: Eastern cottontails browsing in a pumpkin patch
From the archives: lions in miniature (1914)
A clay model of the lion group seen in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals.
Here’s Tuesday’s peek into the archives: a detail of the Serengeti plain diorama in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals.
In the distance you can spot herds of wildebeests, giraffes, and zebras migrating across the plains.
In today’s peek into the archives, a Museum staff member models the male giraffe seen today in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals. (February 1928)
Fun fact: The palm tree in the Water Hole diorama, in which you can see this giraffe, is the first painting by prolific Museum artist James Perry Wilson.
A killer whale gets a cleaning in today’s peek into the archives. (February 1967)
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In today’s peek into the archives, Museum photographers capture the cheetah diorama on film (May 1942).
See the diorama today in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals.
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The Museum’s first diorama halls opened long before photographers were able to produce high-quality color images. In order to recreate the scientifically accurate habitats seen in the Museum’s dioramas, artists accompanied scientists in the field to paint, collect plant samples, and meticulously record the environment.
In this photo from our archives, George E. Petersen and James Perry Wilson are on location in Wisconsin documenting the habitat of the American bison. Learn more about the related diorama in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals here.
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