Jul 13, 2010 News Comments Off on Children learn taxidermy at national museum
A group of children started the national museum’s fourth annual taxidermy summer camp.
Taxidermy is the act of mounting or reproducing dead animals for display.
Elford Liverpool, Administrator (ag) of the museum, said that the summer camp is being conducted in two phases. The current camp will last until July 23, while the second camp will run from July 26- August 6.
Liverpool explained that the short course is intended to teach the juniors about the role of museums.
He said, too, that the children will be taught about biodiversity and environmental issues. In addition, they will be taught simple museum techniques to preserve dead animals and will actually work on a project they can take home at the end of the camp.
The national museum is making efforts to increase visitors, and a big success has been the introduction of Mega-T a replica of a Giant Ground Sloth. The replica which is an extrapolation of what the animal might have looked like, based on fossil remains and footprints, stands some 15 feet tall and weighs in at approximately three tons.
“Before Mega-T, the museum seemed like a very desolate place. Over the past five months, we have seen a tremendous increase in visitors,” Liverpool stated.
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