Water: H2O = Life

The American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

Wildlife Preservations' extensive knowledge and expertise led The American Museum of Natural History to seek out its services for their exhibit, Water: H2O = Life.  This exhibit explores the multitude of ways in which water maintains our ecosystem.

Wildlife Preservations painted two museum-created models of wandering albatross. In addition to a variety of photographs, the American Museum's Department of Ornithology lent the company a specimen to be used as reference. This amazing animal has evolved to be able to drink saltwater.

Wildlife Preservations also painted the museum-created model of the Yangtze River's "baiji." This freshwater dolphin is teetering on the brink of extinction as a result of river traffic, industrial pollution, and the creation of the Three Gorges Dam.

Two northern snakeheads were created by producing a cast of a collected specimen. This invasive species of lungfish is capable of breathing air for short periods, thereby increasing its range.

In addition, Wildlife Preservations produced two American bullfrogs, two green frogs, two wood frogs, two Texas horned toads, two eastern painted turtles, twelve Siamese mud carp, two common snapping turtles, and two northern watersnakes. The final project involved cleaning and restoring two taxidermy specimens of red-winged blackbirds to be utilized in a pond eco-system diorama..

Water: H2O = Life is now on an international tour. Currently scheduled stops on the international tour include: Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland (November 2009 to April 2010); the National Museum of Australia, Canberra (January to June 2010); and the Royal Ontario Museum (March 2011 to September 2011). Other dates and locations will be announced at a later date. 

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