Friday, May 3, 2019

A Visit Into The Mammal Gallery

The Mammal Gallery is the next major space inside the Museum of Nature. One of the first things one sees is this display. Taxidermied specimens are common throughout, often in diorama settings that are a mixture of artificial topography and painted backgrounds, each set in places within Canada and during different seasons. A mother and cub polar bear are at a hole in the Arctic ice. Unseen from this angle is a seal surfacing for air.

Red foxes are making inroads into the far north as the climate changes. This display case features one with an Arctic fox.

This display features a mother cougar watching over her cubs. Their attention is caught up with a vole on the forest floor.

This one features a pair of Arctic hares.

Two adolescent grizzly bears are seen in this display. Look closely at the bottom of the picture hiding at the rock edge. There's a pika there.

This display features beavers hard at work.

While this one finds a bison squaring off with a wolf pack.

Here we come across a majestic moose.

A herd of pronghorns are in this display, in a setting of the Saskatchewan prairies.

And for today I finish off with this set of Thinhorn Sheep, otherwise called Dall sheep.


  1. The cougar sure is my favorite! They´re all adorable, though.

  2. They are all beautiful mammals.

  3. We have a similar museum in Brussels ! Love to go there it's amazing the animals look so true !

  4. I would love to see this display. I wish we could keep the Arctic ice from melting!


  5. ...a moose is the one thing that I hope to see in the wild, perhaps one day.

  6. My pick is the fox. He looks so lovely even though foxes as an introduced species are a pest here in Oz.

  7. It is spring, William. Time to move outside and photograph some live animals!

  8. @Iris: they're well done.

    @Nancy: I agree.

    @Kay: definitely.

    @Gattina: I'd enjoy that.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Italiafinlandia: definitely.

    @Jan: indeed.

    @Janis: me too.

    @Tom: I've seen them in the wild.

    @Joan: foxes have character.

    @David: that's true!

  9. The displays look very well done.

  10. Amazing!! Sub the Polar Bears with a Bald Eagle and you have a Colorado day.

    Gr8 Shots,

  11. Thin-horn sheep look (as my memory pulls up their lines) like big-horn sheep. But it's been a while... Thanks for sharing the indoor view of animals, which may be the only way many of us will ever see them! And on Nature shows on TV...

  12. Beautiful displays. Anyone of them would make a nice pictorial fabric pattern, Mother cougar and Thinhorn sheep especially.

  13. Love the foxes.We saw one in a field as we drove by this week.

  14. Wonderful display of mammals. Happy Friday, enjoy your day. Have a great weekend!

  15. That is quite a collection. I love the polar bears.

  16. Funny how we know all the big mammals . We find it difficult to recognize insects as they are small.

  17. Wonderful displays. Though it would be even better to see them thriving in the wild.

  18. These scenes are so well put together. My favorite is the cougar.

  19. What a wonderful display! Tweeted.

  20. My bro lives in Edmonton and is currently in the Rockies soaking this all in!

  21. These scenes are amazing. Very well done.

  22. @Anvilcloud: they are.

    @Padre: thank you.

    @Barbara: I think that too, but they are different species.

    @Maywyn: you're welcome.

    @Marie: I've had the pleasure to see foxes in the wild.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Sharon: so do I.

    @Red: that's true.

    @John: I agree.

    @Michelle: it's a good one.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Cloudia: he'd enjoy it.

    @Happyone: definitely.

  23. Great display of mammals. I love those foxes.

  24. This is a fine display, well done. Thanks for sharing it. :-)

  25. Marvelous exhibit of all the animals, beautifully taken William.

  26. Love the foxes and the beavers, I'd not heard of pronghorns so nice to see them:)

  27. Wonderful photos of nature more handsome mammals ~

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

  28. The animals are so beautifully displayed William, wonderful to see here ✨

  29. They are all so good, I enjoyed seeing all of the animals, and such a good idea to put them within a diorama setting.

    All the best Jan

  30. such cool critters. have a nice weekend!! ( ;

  31. I like the dioramas for educational purposes. They really give us a sense of the lay of the land.

  32. I would LOVe this part. There is something about nature dioramas that really appeals to me -- and it has rabbits and foxes, too so what's not to love?!

  33. @Bill: me too.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Denise: thank you.

    @Rosie: thanks.

    @Carol: indeed.

    @Grace: I agree.

    @Jan: it is.

    @Beth: thanks.

    @Jennifer: they do.

    @Jeanie: definitely.

    @Klara: I think so.