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Museum Taxidermy Preservation Project

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Caption: Fritz Richards begins work on 75 year old giraffe on display at the Wilbur D. May Museum.

Thanks to a generous donation by the Wilbur May Foundation, the Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael Park will be undergoing a major taxidermy restoration project, contracting with Washoe Valley’s Old Wolf Taxidermy to restore more than 200 pieces to be added to the museum’s collection.

“This is a crucial project because so much of our taxidermy is really starting to show its age,” said Assistant Curator Samantha Szesciorka. “This project will ensure Wilbur’s collection is preserved for decades to come so visitors can continue to enjoy it!”

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“The animals deserve to be displayed to their fullest potential,” said taxidermist Fritz Richards. “My goal is to bring them back to as close to original as possible.”

The project should take about nine months. The public is invited to view the restoration process every Thursday at the May Museum.

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