About the Exhibit

About the Exhibit

About the Exhibit

Taxidermy

Taxidermy
Taxidermy
view of the large hall used for preparing the specimens

Taxidermists spent two years preparing 274 specimens. Some historic specimens, like the white rhino that former President Theodore Roosevelt donated in 1909, needed significant repairs.

taxidermists working on a giraffe

Nearly 90 percent of the specimens were new—donated by zoos and research facilities from around the world.

Ocelot
photo credits

Among the extraordinarily lifelike mounts, the ocelot and hyrax have won national awards.

Follow the making of the orangutan from head to toe.

PHOTO CREDITS

Carl Hansen
Paul Rhymer
Heather Rostker

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2006 Smithsonian Institution

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