Monday, October 27, 2008

MyWorld Tuesday#2

This is Antje:
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She was a female walrus and lived at the zoo Hagenbecks Tierpark, to the very old age of 27 years. I was at the zoo the day before she died and there were hundreds of people who had come to say goodbye, she was very popular and the most famous animal at Hagenbeck. The reason for that was that she was the mascot of the NDR (a TV station based in Hamburg) and short movies of her were shown as fillers. For me, it was the first thing I knew about Hamburg: Antje lives there. Here you can see such an Antje short film.

After her death, she was given to the Zoological Museum, for mounting. The museum is one of my favourites because they have a really interesting collection of all sort of mammals, birds, herps ect. It's great to visit with kids and if you want a reference for drawing, the museum is the place to go (admission free, too). Where else can you get this close to a tiger
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or a rhino
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They also have some very rare things in their collection, for example this Narwhal skull
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Not only has it two tusks, it's also a female. Usually only males have tusk and only one.

This Huia is also something that you can see almost nowhere else. The species was exterminated at the beginning of the 20th century and only a handfull of specimens remain.
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Only a very small part of the collection is open to the public. The Zoological Institute which the museum belong to has one of the biggest collection of preserved specimens of mammals, birds, herps, insects and other invertebrates and fish worldwide. Scientist from all over the world visit it to do research. Unfortunately, the senate of Hamburg doesn't seem to consider this important and may sell huge parts of the collection off. The Institute will move to another site in a few years and allegedly it would be too expensive to make room for the whole collection. At the same time, Hamburg is building a concert hall that may well cost over 500 million Euro, over 600 million dollar. Is it me or does anyone else find something wrong with this picture? I really think about this every time I visit the museum, so I hope you don't mind me getting on my soapbox a bit here. I'll leave you with another picture from the museum :) Go explore the rest of the world at MyWorld Tuesday
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33 comments:

Sara G said...

Great post and pictures!!
Take care

Reader Wil said...

Those are very impressive animals. All of them! Thanks for taking us on this tour.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Interesting museum. ;-)

Louise said...

What an interesting place to visit. It is hard to imagine that the admission is free. A nice way to preserve animals that were loved! And the drawing opportunities are wonderful.

fishing guy said...

Jedediah: What a wondourus look back at the past.

ewok1993 said...

Very interesting and educational post. Thanks. And see you next week.

kjpweb said...

Klasse - Danke das du uns mit auf diese Tour genommen hast!
Cheers, Klaus

Luiz Ramos said...

Great Zoo Museum report.

WillThink4Wine said...

I love museums, too! I spent a great many weekends in Boston at the museums when I was growing up. So much to explore, so many things lost and forgotten if not for the museums.

imac said...

Great shots, beautifulpost.

April said...

I would have liked to have seen Antje to say 'hello'. Sad that she is gone. I enjoyed the tour of the Zoological Museum - nice that there is free admission.

Maria said...

Very interesting! Thank you for sharing!

Rose said...

I enjoyed my visit very much...really interesting to read and see the things that make up other people's lives...and no, you are not wrong in your thinking about the building of the museum and the concert hall. Of course, that is just my opinion also.

Migs CFL fan said...

Great shots, you gave me some wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Carver said...

Very interesting post and photographs. You took some great shots.

Ms. Hays said...

Germany!?! So cool! I love seeing other countries through blogging - This is a great My World post!

Wren said...

Mr Bear doesn't look happy with the proposed sale, either.

2sweetnsaxy said...

How cool! The only thing we have like this that you can get close to is at the La Brea Tar Pits. Maybe I'll do that one next week.
:-) The Natural History museum has some animals like this but I'm sure they were never real and they're behind glass.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

What a great place to have closeby, neat post

Arija said...

I am entirely on your soapbox with you. I hope you are writing letters like mad to the press, convicing your TV stations to feature the museum as an asset for the people not only for Hamburg but also Europe and the world. How about writing to Brussels? One person CAN start a landslide movement against mindless beurocracy! Make enough noise to shame the city fathers to not only leave the museum alone, but to grant it more funds, invoke historical and scientific importance. Mobilize a small group of letter writers. For a newspaper three letters on one topic constitute a major response, three more to follow up will get an editorial comment, a dozen to follow and the paper starts feature articles. Good Luck

Lawstude said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour. This 2nd week of meme really makes us appreciate the many places that we don't usually see or ever had a chance to visit like the one you showed me in this post. Hope you get to have time to check my world too. Another great job and more to come in the coming weeks.

A Blog In The Rough said...

Love the animal pictures but it's so sad about the place possibly not being around anymore.

D Herrod said...

That is very interesting. Never seen a zoological museum.

Mar said...

Oh, I remember Antje from the Hamburg years!!! NDR, das Hoch im Norden...
Great post to show your world!

gen/entry here said...

Very interesting and that is pretty shots! TC

Agring said...

Very interesting post and educational. The animals are wonderful.

Gattina said...

They look so real !

Dar's Foto Faze said...

Thank you for the tour.

MaryAnn Ashley said...

I saw that grizzley guy in Alaska! Yikes... thanks for sharing.

gnometree said...

What a fascinating place.
Thanks for sharing your world

maryt/theteach said...

Wow, Jennifer, those are excellent photos! I'm a librarian too (retired)! :)

Celeste said...

What a wonderful museum. I work at a Museum and we have the same issues with our collections, people don't understand the value of the specimens and are always in a hurry to sell them off, very sad.

Gretchen said...

Looks like a place we'd love to visit. Thanks for sharing it.

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