Many museum collections include animal taxonomy specimens killed in the last few centuries by explorers and hunters before the importance of animal conservation became recognized.
The London Natural History Museum collections include a Mountain Gorilla collected from the Lake Kivu area of the Democractic Republic of Congo, most likely in the early C20th.
Today this species is endangered, with an estimate of 1,004 individuals in two populations as of 2018. Museums can use their historic collections as a learning tool, connecting people to the powerful work underway concerned with saving them.
This story links to an online exhibition by Art Works for Change, entitled ‘Ethics, Excess, Extinction’. And to the work of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund dedicated to gorilla conservation.
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