Animal Upkeep

Wired has a unique look at some of the taxidermy preservation that goes on in the Museum of Natural History in New York. This is specifically the North American Mammals hall. I had the opportunity to spend a whole day at the museum this summer, admiring the dioramas. World class collection.
Alaskan Brown Bear

Taxidermist George Dante touches up one of the Alaskan brown bears in the Hall of North American Mammals. The standing bear in this diorama is more than 8 feet tall. Photo: © AMNH/D. Finnin
Wolves
Stephen Quinn, the senior project manager in the AMNH’s exhibition department, works on restoring the wolf diorama, which sets a scene from Gunflint Lake in Minnesota. Photo: © AMNH/R. Mickens
Canadian Lynx
A preparator works on the Canadian lynx diorama. Photo: © AMNH/R. Mickens
Coyote
A coyote before and after the restoration. Photo: © AMNH Natural Science Conservation
Bison
A bison bull before and after the restoration. Photo: © AMNH Natural Science Conservation
Cacomistle
A cacomistle before and after the restoration. Photo: © AMNH Natural Science Conservation
Pronghorn
A pronghorn before and after the restoration. Photo: © AMNH Natural Science Conservation
Ferret
A ferret before and after the restoration. Photo: © AMNH Natural Science Conservation
Hall of North American Mammals
The Hall of North American Mammals. Photo: © AMNH/D. Finnin
Jack Rabbit
A jack rabbit in process of restoration. Photo: © AMNH/R. Mickens
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