Friday, 20 September 2019 02:00 GMT

Taxidermied specimens of Oman's endangered species for roadshow

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A big attraction of the Treasures of Oman Genetic Resources Roadshow will be taxidermied specimens of some of the sultanate's endangered animal and bird species.

The exhibits will be of dead animals preserved for over two decades and taxidermied by a Belgian expert.

On display will be an Arabian leopard an Arabian tahr and some desert birds.

'The presence of these animals with real fur and skin will inspire people to understand the importance of conservation' said Pierre Yves Renkin a popular taxidermist from Belgium who put in months of hard work for the roadshow displays. He was given the preserved animals by the National Museum. The Arabian leopard used had died in 1991.

For Renkin this is his first project in the sultanate. 'I have worked in Qatar before but this is my first ever visit to Oman. Oman is a country of diverse landscapes and biodiversity and we need to preserve its beauty.'

In taxidermy first the skin is carefully removed. It is then stuffed with straw based on the shape of the animal.'

Renkin said 'The main challenge is defrosting the frozen carcass. Your need to be careful at every step so as not to damage the skin in any way especially if the animal has been preserved for too long. I like the structure of Oman's animals - they have a supple body.'

He added that taxidermy is not only important for museums but also has an aesthetic and artistic value to it.

Taxidermied specimens of Oman's endangered species for roadshow

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