Saturday, June 23, 2012

Natural History Museum, part 3: Hall of African Mammals

I wonder what walking through this museum was like before we had high def nature documentaries that spaned the globe, or even before Wild Kingdom was brodcast into livingrooms. Now, the taxidermy seems unnecessary, but then there was no other way for the average American to see a Black Rhino. The line between scientist and hunter used to be almost non-existent. After all, Audubon the man who is resonsible for documenting hundreds of North American species (of both bird and mammal) was a prolific hunter. There is no doubt we owe a lot of our knowledge to these hunting scientists and the truth of it is both beautiful and cruel when there are dozens of black marble eyes looking back at you.

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