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15 posts tagged taxidermy

Wildlife Preservations founder George Dante drew this sketch of the pose portrayed in Lonesome George’s taxidermy mount. 
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Conservation and taxidermy experts unpack Lonesome George upon his arrival from the Galapagos at the American Museum of Natural History in July 2012. 
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In the early stages of the taxidermy process, multiple casts of Lonesome George’s	extremities were taken for future reference.
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Eleanor Sterling, chief conservation scientist for the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (right) and Wildlife Preservations founder George Dante. 
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One of the final steps in the taxidermy process is producing a clay sculpture that defines the musculature and shape of the animal. 
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Lonesome George is on view in the Museum’s 4th floor Astor Turret through January 4, 2015. 
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More than 20,000 species of plants and animals around the world are currently under threat of extinction, and hundreds vanish each year. We don’t always know the exact time of extinction, but for the Pinta Island giant tortoise, the date was June 24, 2012.

On that day, Lonesome George—the Galapagos Island tortoise now on display at the American Museum of Natural History, and the last known member of his species—died of natural causes. With him, his species, Chelonoidis abingdoni, vanished.

Over the last two years, Wildlife Preservations taxidermy experts have worked closely with Museum scientists to preserve Lonesome George as he appeared in life—down to a missing toenail on his left front foot.

Watch a video about the preservation process, and learn much more about Lonesome George

SPOTTED SKUNK AND RINGTAIL (CACOMISTLE) - June at Sunset, New Mexico
   In this diorama, the last rays of the June sun catch one face of the striking landform known as Shiprock. The remarkable handstand of the spotted skunk (left) is a warning to discourage the two curious ringtails (right) from getting any closer. If this pose doesn’t work, the skunk will release jets of foul-smelling musk from glands under its tail.
    Ringtails also combine chemistry with defensive body language. Here, one ringtail has made its tail fur stand upright, creating the illusion of larger size. If the standoff escalates, the ringtail might curve its tail over its head, and—as a last resort—emit its own smelly secretion.
This diorama is located in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals. 

SPOTTED SKUNK AND RINGTAIL (CACOMISTLE)June at Sunset, New Mexico

In this diorama, the last rays of the June sun catch one face of the striking landform known as Shiprock. The remarkable handstand of the spotted skunk (left) is a warning to discourage the two curious ringtails (right) from getting any closer. If this pose doesn’t work, the skunk will release jets of foul-smelling musk from glands under its tail.

Ringtails also combine chemistry with defensive body language. Here, one ringtail has made its tail fur stand upright, creating the illusion of larger size. If the standoff escalates, the ringtail might curve its tail over its head, and—as a last resort—emit its own smelly secretion.

This diorama is located in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals. 

This image shows the 1947 progression of a mount for the Wolf Diorama in the Jill and Lewis Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals.
It begins with the positioning of the skeleton, then modeling the wolf form with plaster of paris, followed by the making of a cast, ending with a completed paper manikin which the wolf skin is fitted over. 
Learn more in this video series about the restoration of the Hall of North American Mammals.

This image shows the 1947 progression of a mount for the Wolf Diorama in the Jill and Lewis Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals.

It begins with the positioning of the skeleton, then modeling the wolf form with plaster of paris, followed by the making of a cast, ending with a completed paper manikin which the wolf skin is fitted over. 

Learn more in this video series about the restoration of the Hall of North American Mammals.

It’s a long weekend, and we’re out of here! 
Are you in the city this holiday weekend? Don’t let the rain get you down, there’s so much to see and discover at the Museum, from special exhibitions to our iconic permanent halls. 
Here are some highlights from the past week:
An outstandingly bright meteor shower this holiday weekend.
Happy birthday to taxidermist Carl Akeley and fossil-finder Mary Anning.
The discovery of Tropeognathus, a pterosaur with a 27-foot wingspan.
Show us your Diorama Remix!
It’s been 50 years since the discovery of the cosmic microwave background.
Happy World Turtle Day from the multitude of Museum turtles. 
Have a great weekend!

It’s a long weekend, and we’re out of here! 

Are you in the city this holiday weekend? Don’t let the rain get you down, there’s so much to see and discover at the Museum, from special exhibitions to our iconic permanent halls. 

Here are some highlights from the past week:

Have a great weekend!

When Theodore Roosevelt became President in 1901, he was poised to use his lifelong passion for wildlife and wilderness to direct public policy. While in office, he placed 230 million acres of land under federal protection and established five national parks. 
On May 22, 1902, he established Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, depicted in the American marten diorama of the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, adjacent to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall.
 The background of the American marten diorama, which was painted by James Perry Wilson, depicts Crater Lake, the giant water-filled caldera that was created when an immense volcano exploded and collapsed more than 7,000 years ago. 
Learn more. 

When Theodore Roosevelt became President in 1901, he was poised to use his lifelong passion for wildlife and wilderness to direct public policy. While in office, he placed 230 million acres of land under federal protection and established five national parks.

On May 22, 1902, he established Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, depicted in the American marten diorama of the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammalsadjacent to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall.

The background of the American marten diorama, which was painted by James Perry Wilson, depicts Crater Lake, the giant water-filled caldera that was created when an immense volcano exploded and collapsed more than 7,000 years ago. 

Learn more. 

Happy birthday to Carl Akeley, born 150 years ago today. 
Explorer and Museum taxidermist, Akeley is remembered for his pioneering method of taxidermy, combining field observations with sculptural techniques, and for his contributions to the iconic Museum hall that bears his name: The Akeley Hall of African Mammals.
Akeley is also remembered for his contributions to conservation. In the course of researching and collecting specimens to create the now-famous mountain gorilla diorama, he was among the first to accurately document mountain gorillas as intelligent and social animals that, even then, were under grave threat from overhunting. His research inspired him to dedicate the last few years of his life to the conservation and protection of the mountain gorilla.
Watch a video about Carl Akeley’s legacy. 

Happy birthday to Carl Akeley, born 150 years ago today.

Explorer and Museum taxidermist, Akeley is remembered for his pioneering method of taxidermy, combining field observations with sculptural techniques, and for his contributions to the iconic Museum hall that bears his name: The Akeley Hall of African Mammals.

Akeley is also remembered for his contributions to conservation. In the course of researching and collecting specimens to create the now-famous mountain gorilla diorama, he was among the first to accurately document mountain gorillas as intelligent and social animals that, even then, were under grave threat from overhunting. His research inspired him to dedicate the last few years of his life to the conservation and protection of the mountain gorilla.

Watch a video about Carl Akeley’s legacy. 

If anyone was born to work at the American Museum of Natural History, it is Stephen C. Quinn, who retired this spring after 39 years as an artist in the Department of Exhibition. (As family folklore has it, 4-year-old Steve pointed to the elephants in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals during one visit and announced, “This is where I want to work!”)
This past weekend, Quinn was honored with the Garden State Taxidermists Association’s Hansen-Schneider Lifetime Achievement Award, for his long, productive career and for encouraging many young people in the Museum arts of painting, sculpture, taxidermy, and more.
Read more about Quinn’s incredible career here.
© AMNH/D. Finnin

If anyone was born to work at the American Museum of Natural History, it is Stephen C. Quinn, who retired this spring after 39 years as an artist in the Department of Exhibition. (As family folklore has it, 4-year-old Steve pointed to the elephants in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals during one visit and announced, “This is where I want to work!”)

This past weekend, Quinn was honored with the Garden State Taxidermists Association’s Hansen-Schneider Lifetime Achievement Award, for his long, productive career and for encouraging many young people in the Museum arts of painting, sculpture, taxidermy, and more.

Read more about Quinn’s incredible career here.

© AMNH/D. Finnin

Originally created back in 1941, two cougars in our Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals were missing an essential feature. Over the years, they’d lost their whiskers—called vibrissae—that may help cats navigate and track prey into small spaces. So conservators and taxidermists looked long and hard for a replacement material. 

Young Theodore Roosevelt loved studying nature, particularly birds. As a teen, he was able to identify most bird species in the northeastern U.S. by their song, flight pattern, courtship behavior, and plumage. He collected and mounted this Snowy Owl near Oyster Bay, Long Island in 1876, the same year he entered Harvard. It will return to public view when the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall reopens on October 27.© AMNH/C. Chesek

Young Theodore Roosevelt loved studying nature, particularly birds. As a teen, he was able to identify most bird species in the northeastern U.S. by their song, flight pattern, courtship behavior, and plumage. 

He collected and mounted this Snowy Owl near Oyster Bay, Long Island in 1876, the same year he entered Harvard. It will return to public view when the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall reopens on October 27.

© AMNH/C. Chesek

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