Tuesday, July 24, 2018


The Mammal Gallery covers those warm blooded animals found in Canada, some of them in display cases, but most in dioramas, along with panels and information about mammalian biology. It starts off with a polar bear (and her cub) at a hole in the ice.

Other dioramas include the moose.

A set of displays on the mustelids show several different examples, such as the river and sea otters, the badger, and the wolverine.

This diorama features a confrontation between a bison and a group of wolves.

While this features muskoxen facing a sled dog.

Here we have caribou.

And this of course is the sort of critter you don't want to startle.

This is the eastern grey squirrel, common through the eastern provinces. 

While this is the collared pika, a resident of northern mountain environments.

These grizzlies are set in their mountain environment.

And the last of these displays for today features beavers.


  1. Some of them I haven't seen before!

  2. Gosto desta secção dos mamíferos, está muito boa e bem organizada.
    Um abraço e boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  3. ...William, these are wonderful dioramas! 😀

  4. Canada has some great wild animals!

  5. Too too fabulous! You really are making me wish that our new museum was a bit closer to being finished! Your museum's exhibits have been beaúifully shown here ✨

  6. Oh the polar bears so need our help.


  7. the hubby and i always hope to see a moose ... we go to areas we think they might be ... but wonder when it will happen??! no luck yet. ( ;

  8. Reminds me of the natural history museums I have been to

  9. beautiful displays!

  10. @Nancy: I'm familiar with each of them, though some of them I've not personally seen in the wild.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: they certainly are.

    @Marianne: indeed!

    @Grace: it's a marvelous museum.

    @Janis: they do indeed.

    @Beth: in Algonquin Park, it's common to see them in April near the roadsides.

    @Bill: this one has that general sensibility.

    @Laurie: they are!

  11. Great diorama of your mammals. I have never seen a wolverine, but all the others are familiar. :-)

  12. These displays are very well done, William!

  13. All interesting. Had the good fortune to be with musk oxen . I was surprised that they were small animals.

  14. I love the polar bears. My friends Julie and Dave went last fall to the northern reaches of Canada to photograph polar bears and they got some great photos.

  15. Nice displays. Most of these animals I have never seen up close... except a moose... actually 2! : )

  16. They look like nice displays!

  17. Beautiful mammal photos ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. I would love to see Caribou in the wild.

  19. The exhibits look modern and interesting. I like the way the caribou have been displayed:)

  20. It's the first time I've been here in a while. You always show such interesting things. And your banner shot is a WOW!

  21. Excellent display and exhibits.
    Very good photographs too William, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  22. A lot of thought has gone into making them look as realistic as possible.

  23. I love natural history museums. That collared pica is very cute. Re: your comment on my post today, I can't beieve you've never eaten an apricot!

  24. My favorite is the caribou. We used to see them in Alaska when I lived there. A very big and beautiful animal. This exhibit is fabulous William and thank you for sharing it with your photos.

  25. @DJan: I have only seen wolverines in documentaries. They're a fascinating animal.

    @RedPat: they certainly are.

    @Red: yes- the bison are larger. Though you wouldn't want to mess with either!

    @Sharon: they are magnificent animals.

    @Catarina: aside from the squirrel, which one sees very often, the moose is the one I've seen the most of from these animals.

    @Jenn: they are!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Janey: so would I.

    @Rosie: I do too.

    @Petrea: thanks! I decided to give the writer's blog a rest for a few weeks.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Fun60: that's true.

    @Pat: I'm almost certain I haven't!

    @Bill: they're amazing animals.

  26. How big is that moose? I want to see one in the wild!

  27. I love seeing the beavers. They construct large dams on our property and not always welcome, but I love them!

  28. Have seen some mosse a bit too close for comfort!

  29. I was always a sucker for dioramas when I was a kid. These look great!

  30. @Sandi: I've seen them in the wild.

    @Michelle: I agree.

    @Marie: I've seen them up close.

    @Kay: that they are.

    @Jeanie: indeed.

    @Klara: definitely.