I have become interested in an elephant that was given to the museum before 1925. It’s a real elephant, a baby one in fact, and it was taxidermied for display purposes. (It died of natural causes before it was taxidermied.) Currently the elephant is in storage – she needs a little conservation and love, but it is possible that one day in the future, the same elephant could be put on display again.
In the past this elephant was hugely popular with our visitors. But then, so was taxidermy. It’s been decades since the elephant was on display or since taxidermy was every-living-room normal.
Here are my questions:
1 – Would you be offended to see a baby taxidermied elephant in a museum setting today?
2 – If so, what specifically would be offensive?
3 – Would you be interested in seeing an elephant in a museum?
4 – If so, what specifically would be interesting about it?
5 – Do you have any qualms about museums today displaying endangered species or protected materials like ivory?
6 – Do you have any other comments or questions about elephants that I should know about, since we’re sitting here dishing the elephant scoop? (So to speak. Ew.)
Thank you very much for your input. Once I’ve heard from you, I’ll give you a more detailed history about this elephant, but I don’t want to cloud the general question with specifics just yet.