The Houston Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1909 – meaning that the curators of the Houston Museum of Natural Science have been collecting and preserving natural and cultural treasures for a hundred years now. For this yearlong series, our current curators have chosen one hundred exceptional objects from the Museum’s immense storehouse of specimens and artifacts—one for each year of our history. Check back here frequently to learn more about this diverse selection of behind-the-scenes curiosities—we will post the image and description of a new object every few days.
This description is from Dan, the museum’s curator of vertebrate zoology. He’s chosen a selection of objects that represent the most fascinating animals in the Museum’s collections, that we’ll be sharing here – and at 100.hmns.org– throughout the year.
As a rule, one of the policies in the Vertebrate Zoology Collection is not to acquire any shoulder mounts of specimens. They are of no use for exhibition, and little use for research.
This Dhole shoulder mount represents the only shoulder mount in the entire Vertebrate Zoology Collection, originally accessioned into the collection in 1971. The reason we still have it is because Dholes are poorly represented in Natural History Collections, and thus of interest as a representative of this species.